Photo Essays

  • The Dead of AntietamRead More
    Date Posted: 9/15/2015

    "Mr. Brady has done something to bring home to us the terrible reality and earnestness of war. If he has not brought bodies and laid them in our dooryards and along the streets, he has done something very like it." So wrote a correspondent for The New York Times after visiting Mathew Brady's Manhattan gallery in October 1862 to view the famed photographer's latest exhibit, "The Dead of Antietam....

  • Civil War QuartersRead More
    Date Posted: 6/17/2015

    While army regulations set strict guidelines for the layout of army camps—prescribing, for instance, that tents be arranged in neat rows by company—in many cases “there was much of the go-as-you-please order of procedure,” as one veteran noted, when it came to setting up camp. The structures the men put up also varied widely, according to the weather or an army’s needs. Here are...

  • Wounded Warriors: Civil War AmputationRead More
    Date Posted: 10/9/2013

    In the heat of battle, Civil War doctors often had to make quick diagnoses of soldiers’ injuries. According to The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861-65, 70% of all wounds were to the extremities—35.6% to the upper extremities and 35.2% to the lower extremities. These statistics help explain why surgeons performed so many battlefield amputations; if they couldn’t...

  • Gettysburg in ColorRead More
    Date Posted: 6/30/2013

    Edwin Forbes is best known today for his work during the Civil War as a special correspondent for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, to which he supplied a multititude of illustrations based upon his first-hand observances while embedded with the Union army. Between 1862 and 1864, Forbes' skilled hand captured some of the war's major battles, including Second Manassas, Antietam, ...

  • The Struggle for VicksburgRead More
    Date Posted: 5/28/2013

    Vicksburg, Mississippi, strategically sits along the Mississippi River between Memphis and New Orleans. Incorporated in 1825, she became a vibrant river town, pivotal railroad center, and thriving commercial port. Given her prime location, both the Union and the Confederacy considered Vicksburg “key” to their war effort and essential to controlling “the father of waters.” The Rebels rushed...

  • Civil War EnvelopesRead More
    Date Posted: 3/12/2013

    For many Civil War soldiers, mail call was the highlight of the day. Handwritten letters from home served as a valuable lifeline to loved ones, maintaining morale and alleviating boredom. While the movements of the armies often disrupted delivery times, the U.S. postal service remained relatively effective—often allowing troops to send letters marked "Soldier's Letter" for free (postage was...

  • "Life Studies of the Great Army"Read More
    Date Posted: 4/5/2012

    At the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibit of 1876, Edwin Forbes, renowned for his work during the Civil War as a "special artist" for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, displayed a collection of copper etchings based on his wartime illustrations of the Army of the Potomac. Forbes had spent the immediate postwar years completing the drawings and transferring them to copper plates. The resulting...

  • The War BeginsRead More
    Date Posted: 8/3/2011

    In a nineteenth-century world free from blogs, social networking sites, television, and cell phones, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper thrived. Part picture, part story, Leslie's publications combined visually stimulating engravings with journalistic articles to create one of the most popular illustrated newspapers of the 1860s. Leslie's Illustrated invited its audience not just to read, but...

The Bookshelf

Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign (2015)

Author: Thomas J. Ryan

Reviewed by: Nate Buman

The Capitals of the Confederacy (2015)

Author: Michael C. Hardy

Reviewed by: Cathy Wright

The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta (2015)

Author: Earl Hess

Reviewed by: Wayne Hsieh


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