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American Civil War

The American Civil War, also known as the War Between the States, was a civil war fought from 1861 to 1865 in the United States of America after seven Southern slave states declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America. The war had its origin in the fractious issue of slavery, especially the extension of slavery into the western territories. After four years of bloody combat that left over 600,000 soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South's infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed, slavery was abolished, and the difficult Reconstruction process of restoring national unity and guaranteeing rights to the freed slaves began. (The photos aren't always in chronological order. I've changed the order when I thought it would tell the story better.)
1852 - Illustration from Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1st edition Slave pen Five generations of slaves Preparing cotton for the gin
November 1860 November 1860 - Lincoln Column raised in honor of the 1860 election 1861 - Abraham Lincoln December 20, 1860 April 1861 - Fort Sumter under Confederate control
Jefferson Davis Native Americans enlisting in the Union Army 1861 - Confederate Army Private Edwin Francis Jemison Robert E. Lee Handmade Confederate playing cards
1861 - Domestic camp life 1861 - View of Georgetown July 1861 - House used as hospital for both 1st & 2nd Battles of Bull Run July 1861 - After the Battle of Bull Run September 1861 - Union Cavalry at Sudley Springs
February 1862 - Ulysses S. Grant March 1862 - Soldiers kneeling before graves Horse-drawn ambulance March 1862 - Union ironclad warship Galena March 1862 - Sailors on the ironclad warship The Monitor
March 1862 - The 150th Pennsylvania Infantry camp 1862 April 1862 - Confederate soldier April 1862 - Union officers before the Battle of Shiloh April 1842 - At the Battle of Shiloh
April 1862 - Group of contraband Engine Firefly of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad May 1862 - Siege artillery June 1862 - House on Fair Oaks battlefield used as a hospital September 1862 - Bridge at Antietam
September 1862 - Bodies and a pair of shoes September 1862 - Burial crew of Union soldiers September 1862 - Union soldier is buried while Confederate lies unburied October 3, 1862 - (L-R) Alan Pinkerton, Lincoln, Gen. John A. McClernand October 1862 - President Lincoln with General McClellan
November 1862 - Battle damage December 1862 - Union soldiers outside the Marye house 1862 - Game Board 1863 - Army Bread c. 1863 - Trinity Episcopal Church and the unfinished Capitol building
Chain Bridge over the Potomac River (1862-1865) Female combat soldier alias Jack Williams Emancipation Proclamation 1863 - Company E 4th USCT (United States Colored Troops) 1863 - Slave pen
Camp during the Siege of Vicksburg (May-June 1863) May 3, 1863 - Confederate dead at Marye's Heights July 1863 - Union dead at Gettysburg July 1863 - Captured confederates New York 7th Regiment on guard during New York City draft riots
August 1863 - Union non-commissioned officers mess 1863 - Newspaper vendor with Union soldiers September 1863 - Drummer boy Johnny Clem 1864 - Union officers and ladies at a garrison house Hanover Junction
Union gunboat Mendota March 1864 - Scouts and guides for the Army of the Potomac May 2, 1864 - Confederate wounded after the battle of Spotsylvania May 1864 - Soldiers bathing 1864 - Wounded Union soldiers
May 21, 1864 - Council of War June 1864 - Collecting the remains of soldiers killed in battle June 20, 1864 - A deserter hanged July 1864 - Bomb-proof headquarters 1864- Former auction house for slaves
August 1864 - Cock fight 1864 - Harewood General Hospital November 1864 - Sharpshooters Fortifications protecting Atlanta (1863-1864) 1864 - Union soldiers drawing water from a well to fill their water cart
General William Tecumseh Sherman Sheet music 1864 - Railroad roundhouse in ruins November 1864 - Union pickets outside occupied Atlanta December 1864 - Siege gun at Fort McAllister
City Point, Virginia (Winter 1864-1865) 1865 - Freedom Fighter February 5, 1865 - Abraham Lincoln April 1865 - Federal army wagon train 1865 - Charleston, South Carolina
1865 - Charleston, South Carolina Embalming a dead soldier 1865 - Clara Barton April 1865 - Richmond, Virginia April 1865 - Richmond, Virginia
April 4, 1865 - Confederate White House Union soldiers outside court house April 14, 1865 - Special performance 1865 - Ford's Theater Between 1855 and 1865 - Laura Keene
John Wilkes Booth House in which Lincoln died April 15, 1865 - Bed on which Lincoln died April 1865 - Wanted poster April 19, 1865 - Lincolnís funeral procession
April 21, 1865 - Locomotive for Lincoln's funeral train 1865 - Lincoln's hearse July 7, 1865 - Conspirators in Lincoln's assassination being prepared for hanging July 7, 1965 - Conspirators in assassination of Lincoln hanged June 9, 1865 - A number of contraband
Summer 1865 - High Bridge July 1865 - Flowers in bloom where soldiers died Veterans Veteran Samuel Decker 1875 - Alexander Stephens with servant
c. 1916 - Slaves Reunion Civil War figures
Civil War figures