Rare Historical Civil War Photos

The Civil War was by far the deadliest war in United States history, resulting in over one million casualties. More than 5,000 battles took place between 1861-1865, across more than twenty states.

The war broke out twenty years after photography was introduced, so the concept of using photos to document events didn’t yet exist. These rare historical Civil War photos were believed to be the first attempt at photojournalism.

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In 1943 the Library of Congress purchased a collection of over 7,000 of these rare photographs for archival purposes, many of which recently became digitally available on their website. This is a collection of some of our favorites from the archive.

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    Poveglia in Italy is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the world. The government has deemed it so strange it is illegal to go onto this Italian island and it sits empty, forgotten by the world. A small island between Lido and Venice it is part of the Venetian lagoon in...

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  • The Man Who Just Simply Kept Walking Out Of Prison

    A Texas prisoner by the name of Steven Jay Russell, in 1998, was given a very special parole due to health issues. He was allowed to go and rest in a hospice due to his medical records: he was suffering from HIV/AIDS and it was thought he would not survive much longer at all. And...

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  • During Medieval England Woman Dominated The Brewing Industry

    During the 18th century if you happened to travel around England, then you will have come across an Alewife, there were several notorious ones such as Mother Louse. In fact, during this era, woman dominated the whole of the brewing industry. Also known as a Brewer or a Brewster, this historical term Alewife was used...

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  • Is It Opposite Day Or Do I Have Situs Inversus

    If you happen to suffer from Situs Inversus then you may believe you are constantly looking in a mirror or that opposite day is actually a real and true reality. But that would of course not be true, your organs are simply placed in a mirror image of what is the norm. An extremely rare...

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  • Prehistoric Armadillo The Size Of A Car

    When it comes to prehistoric times it really is as if every animal was bigger than its modern counterpart. Mammoths were bigger than elephants and sloths were even taller than elephants! Some researchers have even found alligators and crocodiles that grew to the size of a city bus. And this holds true for the armadillo...

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