Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints

City Point, Virginia, circa. 1865.

Source: Library of Congress

About the Library of Congress’ Civil War Collection: All images are digitized. All jpegs/tiffs display outside Library of Congress.

This Library of Congress online collection provides access to about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath.

The images represent the original glass plate negatives made under the supervision of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as well as the photographic prints in the Civil War photographs file in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These negatives and prints are sometimes referred to as the Anthony-Taylor-Rand-Ordway-Eaton Collection to indicate the previous owners.

The Library purchased the negatives in 1943.
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Many additional Civil War images are in other collections, including drawings, prints, and photograph albums to name a few.
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