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  • Collection: Civil War and Reconstruction

Unidentified soldier in Confederate uniform with shotgun sitting next to dog

"We bivouac on the cold and hard-frozen ground, and when we walk about, the echo of our footsteps sound like the echo of a tombstone. The earth is crusted with snow, and the wind from the northwest is piercing our bones. We can see our ragged…

Photograph shows Pvt. William M. Smith, Co. D, 8th Kentucky Vols. at U.S. General Hospital, Div. No. 1, Annapolis, Maryland, June 1, 1864. Source: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 2013.

Print shows a bird's-eye view of the Andersonville Prison, with prisoner's tents, gallows for executions, and a stream for washing, surrounded by three rows of stockade fences and with artillery batteries of cannons at the corners; includes numbered…

Photograph of Washington, 1862-1865, view of the defenses of Washington. Shows 27 African Americans in two lines with rifles resting on the ground.

Francis Clalin, disguised as a man, served in the 44th Regiment, Missouri Artillery, Company I for 3 months and in the 13th Missouri Cavalry, Company A, for 19 months.

In industrial cities like Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Minneapolis, women worked in similar occupations as they did in the countryside, such as laboring from home. They sewed hats, did textile piecework, and made shoes. As in the…

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was oil on the fires of the anti-slavery movement. On June 5, 1851, the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin appeared in the Washington anti-slavery paper, The National Era. At first there appeared to be little…

This cartoon is mocking the Southerners’ character and questioning their battlefield prowess. In the forefront are two Confederate soldiers, one pointing with a knife and another holding a musket in the back. Both appear less than gentlemanly as…

A depiction of Abraham Lincoln as a king holding a glass labeled "power". This cartoon is charging Lincoln for being complacent with the border slave states. The figure to left holds a slave in one hand and a pitcher labelled "tobacco" in the…

(Collection of the New-York Historical Society, Neg. #ac03149)

“Winter Encampments: The Long and Frozen Road”. Civil War Trust. Accessed 2 December 2015.
Covers area east of the Mississippi River. Omits most of Florida and northern Maine. Indicates "railroads in running order." [From published bibliography]

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Propaganda tech:View of a Civil War encampment from Harper’s Weekly, November 2, 1861

How did the earliest wartime submarine operate?

Illustration depicting the Compromise of 1877 giving the Republican Party the Presidency with the promise of Troop removal from the military occupied South.

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An 1868 illustration evoking the difficulties faced by the Freedmen's Bureau, the agency responsible for transforming Southern society, in the face of white opposition, to accommodate freed slaves.

Ironclads USS Monitor (foreground) and CSS Virginia (center) meet at the Battle of Hampton Roads. (Library of Congress)

Ironclads USS Monitor (foreground) and CSS Virginia (center) meet at the Battle of Hampton Roads. (Library of Congress)

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USS Kearsarge vs. CSS Alabama, 19 June 1864 Painting by Xanthus Smith, 1922, depicting Alabama sinking, at left, after her fight with the Kearsarge (seen at right). Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York. Official U.S.…

Illustration of General Butler subduing a mob in New Orleans 1862. Earning him a name by Southerners as "Beast Butler".

This is an article seen in the New York Times summarizing President Johnson's reasoning for dismissing Secretary of State Edwin M. Stanton. Within this article it chronicles President Johnson’s emotions and attitudes toward Stanton. It also…
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