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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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Ready for Duty: 1860s

Ready for Duty: 1860s

1861-65. "Soldier in Union uniform and cap box standing with musket and bayonet with scabbard." Sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored, removed from frame. Liljen­quist Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

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British Arms in the War

The soldier here is holding a British Enfield musket. Likely a .58 caliber.


This image reminded me of my great-great-uncle Elliott. When the war started, he was 18. In a grand gesture, he enlisted in the 1st Wisconsin, but as the spring came he deserted, went back to the farm and when harvest was assured, re-enlisted in the 20th Wisconsin. In 1863 he was on picket duty at Vicksburg when he was accidentally killed by another picket. He's buried in the cemetery there.

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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