Civil War Photos
Places & Scenes of the War
USS Switzerland. On 25 March 1863, while commanded by Colonel Charles Rivers Ellet, Switzerland joined the ram Lancaster in an attempt to pass the Vicksburg fortress. Both ships were heavily hit by Confederate gunfire, with Lancaster being sunk. Despite her damage, Switzerland survived the trip and made a subsequent successful passage of the fortifications at Grand Gulf, Mississippi, on 31 March. She took part in operations on the Red and Atchafalaya rivers in May and June 1863.
Civil War Injuries. Sources: Original is in the National Archives Photo Gallery, taken Sept, 1864, Carver Hospital, Washington DC. This section was photographed from Civil War Times Illustrated. Dr. Gordon W. Jones' "Surgery in the Civil War", May 1963, page 26-7 Centerfold.
For a brief period after Lee's surrender, Union and Confederate soldiers freely intermingled at Richmond's Capitol Square. The sentiment was short-lived and this image marked its last day -- April 14, 1865, the day Lincoln was assassinated. No longer would Confederate soldiers be viewed with such brotherly trust.
This rare photograph shows a Union army camp scene where soldiers are entertained by a group of African American minstrel performers. Touring minstrel groups were typically composed of whites who performed in blackface, but some were made up of blacks. It would interesting to know if the group members here were free blacks - either from the northern or slave states - or if they were so-called contrabands.
Civil War Slang: “Smoked Yanks” - Union Soldiers Cooking Over A Fire. Again we sat down beside (the campfire) for supper. It consisted of hard pilot-bread, raw pork and coffee. The coffee you probably wouldn’t recognize in New York. Boiled in an open kettle, and about the color of a brownstone front, it was nevertheless… the only warm thing we had. - Charles Nott, Union Soldier, 16 yrs. old Civil War Campfire Photograph Taken at Jamestown, The Last Match with imprint of A.N. Camp, Jamestown