Civil War photos megapost (95 images)
The second of today’s posts featuring old photos is a series containing 95 photos taken during the Civil War.
The Civil War has become sort of an abstract event for me. It’s one of those things that I’ve read about, learned about, researched, etc. – but it doesn’t quite seem real. It’s too difficult to imagine a time when people in America owned other people, a time when a war was fought in my own country. I’ve developed a somewhat sterilized, distant notion of the Civil War.
These photos, however, are sobering (and much needed) reminders of just how real it was. They provide faces, emotions, and settings for all of the facts and figures I’ve read in history books. They also illustrate what a brutal time it was, and how much violence and suffering occurred.
*Some of the photos below are a bit gruesome, as there are images of fallen soldiers at battles such as Gettysburg and Antietam – but they’re not overly graphic. For that reason, I think they’re safe for work.