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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Ringside: 1864

Ringside: 1864

December 15, 1864. "Nashville, Tennessee. Battle of Nashville. Spectators watching the fight between generals Hood and Thomas." Photograph by George N. Barnard. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.


Team of Rivals

I recall when reading "Team of Rivals" that quite a few of the Washington set went off to watch one of the Bull Run battles. Nowadays we have YouTube.

Nashville, behind the lines

If I'm seeing the wagon park in the middle distance, it's a safe bet that these folks are safely outside the range of small arms and probably any artillery rounds of the era.

Wow. How much has war changed ...

To think that you'd sit on the side of a hill and watch the action. This photo is even more haunting with the ghost effects. I wonder how many of the spectators ended up dying in the Civil War?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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