America had never seen anything like the Civil War. It was between the years of 1861 and 1865 when roughly 750,000 soldiers and 50,000 civilians died. Another 250,000 were wounded. Those numbers are astonishing. In comparison, every soldier who fought in the Civil War was 13 times more likely to die while fighting than were American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. It was in 1943 when the Library of Congress purchased a picture collection of over 7,000 extremely rare photos for archival purposes. Many of these images became digitally available on their website. Here are some of our favorites captured by the brave photographers.
The Library of Congress bought a 7,000 book collection of rare Civil War photos in 1943, which they recently published on their website. Below, you’ll find some of the best photographs of the United States’s greatest war.
Brothers In Arms, But Enemies In War
This Union soldier had come across a Confederate soldier in an abandoned camp. The Union soldier seems to be very wounded and unfortunately, it looks like he was left behind by his comrades.
The Civil War was one of, if not the most devasting war of all time. There were so many people who lost their lives and those who were wounded and survived were never the same.