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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Fort Sumter: 1865

Fort Sumter: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Interior of Fort Sumter, with gabion reinforcements. Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy." View full size. Left half of a wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph. Now a Juniper Gallery fine-art print.

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Fort Sumter

It's interesting to visit Fort Sumter today. Before you travel over to the island you get the slick brochure that shows what it looked like pre-civil war. Unfortunately what remains today is roughly half (or less) of the original in terms of height, and the only reason that exists is because the rubble from the bombardments basically buried the walls. Here you see the sandbags and rubble, underneath, the remaining ruins of a once great fort. It was a very interesting visit, but I was disappointed to see that a large concrete lookout bunker was installed in the center of the fort during WW I , further detracting from Fort Sumter's Civil War feel.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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