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Nashville: 1864
... was completed only a few years before the beginning of the war in 1861. It still stands today. Nashville fell to Union forces ... and engines were valuable for transportation during the Civil War. Far faster than horses capable of 40 to 50 MPH for long periods, the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 - 10:26pm -

Nashville: 1864

The River: 1864
... Soldiers It never fails to amuse me to see the typical Civil War reenactor, authentic in every detail except for being 30 pounds overweight. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 9:01pm -

The River: 1864

Military R.R.: 1865
... Railroad. From views of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative. ... tent at the time. His books have photos taken during the Civil War and then the same scene in modern times. Ironclad In regard to ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 8:53pm -

Military R.R.: 1865

Winnipesaukee Cannonball: 1906
... the period, though not always as fancy. -tterrace] Civil War monument Spent many happy days at the Weirs as a child. The 19th ct Mt. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/04/2015 - 10:32am -

Winnipesaukee Cannonball: 1906

Military Family: 1865
... Pacific Railroad to Salt Lake City; served as Secretary of War, 13 March 1869–6 September 1869; died in office in Washington, D.C., on 6 ... Rawlins was U.S. Grant's closest associate during the Civil War and served as Secretary of War during Grant's presidency but only for ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/21/2009 - 10:28am -

Military Family: 1865

Hanover Junction: 1863
... at depot." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, Gettysburg, June-July 1863. Wet plate glass negative by Mathew Brady or ... Railroad construction was still in its infancy during the Civil War. Most if not all rail was imported from Great Britian during this ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/02/2009 - 8:28pm -

Hanover Junction: 1863

Cadillac: 1908
... Those are solid frame types that you saw mostly during the Civil War. Given the condition of the car, I'd bet that it's an old link and pin ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 1:01pm -

Cadillac: 1908

Mysterious Tunnel: 1924
... a government building, probably dating to the time of the Civil War. Beyond Repair The remains of the auto in the upper right have me ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 11:55pm -

Mysterious Tunnel: 1924

Ghosts of Atlanta: 1864
"The War in the West." 1864 photo (half of a stereograph) by George N. Barnard. Atlanta Intelligencer newspaper office by the railroad depot. Exposure times were so long that anyone walking appears only as ... Here is a site with several images of Georgia during the Civil War...scroll down to 1864, and you will see the listing for this picture. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 7:20pm -

Ghosts of Atlanta: 1864

Harpers Ferry: 1865
... Wet plate glass negative (detail) by James Gardner. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 05/19/2008 - 11:37pm -

Harpers Ferry: 1865

Ghost Coach: 1930
... train crash -- at Quintinshill during the first World War -- I believe more died in the fire afterward than in the impact. 4928 ... other cars would be removed first. In the American Civil War, cars from other railroads were often borrowed to move troops. This ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/22/2012 - 7:02pm -

Ghost Coach: 1930

Atlanta: 1864
... was the center of the railroad traffic, at least after the war... Atlanta Union Station According to Rail Georgia that building ... Street (next to today's Underground Atlanta). Designed by civil engineer E. A. Vincent, it was initially known as the "passenger depot" ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/14/2012 - 11:35am -

Atlanta: 1864

Manhattan: 102 Years Ago
... from this phenomenal site are the minimal changes from Civil War customs and architecture up through the 1910s. Regardless of incredible ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 6:55pm -

Manhattan: 102 Years Ago

Harpers Ferry: 1862
... the state drove by a number of bridge ruins from the Civil War. That always brought home to me the nearness and reality of the War. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 5:22pm -

Harpers Ferry: 1862

Bustling Boonton: 1900
... those apocryphal cockroaches that would survive a nuclear war would be dining off them. Still around, although no longer made in ... powering a bit of a hipster influx these days. The Civil War monument at right still stands; and the legacy of the Delaware, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/25/2017 - 10:54am -

Bustling Boonton: 1900

The Great Emancipators: 1863
... an oilcloth cover that was issued to the troops in the Civil War. Looks like ... Looks like a load of coffins to me. I saw the same ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 8:32pm -

The Great Emancipators: 1863

Battle of Nashville: 1864
... Tennessee Capitol in the distance. From photographs of the War in the West: Hood before Nashville. Continuing his policy of the offensive ... through his eyes. Battle of Nashville During the Civil War, an army was composed of Cavalry, Artillery, and Infantry. The ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 7:59pm -

Battle of Nashville: 1864

Atlanta Depot: 1864
1864. "Atlanta, Georgia, railroad yards." Wet plate collodion glass negative, left half of stereograph ... are called stub switches. (The Gallery, Atlanta, Civil War, Geo. Barnard, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/22/2012 - 2:44pm -

Atlanta Depot: 1864

Lunch Among the Ruins: 1862
Bull Run, Virginia, winter 1862-63. "Ruins of railroad bridge at Blackburn's Ford." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of the war, Second Battle of Bull Run (Battle of Second Manassas). Wet plate glass ... with a dam across the river. (The Gallery, Civil War) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 1:38pm -

Lunch Among the Ruins: 1862

Prisoners of War: 1864
... poor rations most Confederates had in the last year of the war, so the Union rations must have been a relief. OTOH, they are may be en ... least you weren't getting shot at," may want to read up on Civil War prison camps. They were pretty horrific on both sides, and at Rock ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/05/2008 - 10:08pm -

Prisoners of War: 1864

The Roundhouse: 1864
... departure." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 4:07pm -

The Roundhouse: 1864

Ways of Going: 1865
... View full size. Last Push You can really feel the war coming to an end in this picture. All the stops were pulled out with this ... laid around that bluff next to the river as seen in one civil war photograph. This was an important Union military center with trains ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/09/2012 - 5:34pm -

Ways of Going: 1865

High Bridge: 1865
... From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet collodion glass plate ... half of stereograph pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan; from Civil War photographs compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 4:38pm -

High Bridge: 1865

Belle Isle: 1865
... View full size. Glass plate negative from the Civil War collection compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge. Belle ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 6:24pm -

Belle Isle: 1865

War and Peace: 1865
... days of parading and festivities marked the end of the Civil War. I've seen a picture of the official reviewing stand with President ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/17/2012 - 10:14pm -

War and Peace: 1865

Our Darling: 1914
... the advent of embalming – which was a by-product of the Civil War – it was normal for the family to be deeply involved in the preparation ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/03/2011 - 1:09pm -

Our Darling: 1914

Occupied Atlanta: 1864
1864. Atlanta, Georgia. "Atlanta railroad depot and yard; Trout House and Masonic Hall in background." From a series of photographs, "War in the West," made by George N. Barnard. Wet-plate glass negative. View ... House when traveling east. (The Gallery, Atlanta, Civil War, Geo. Barnard, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/22/2012 - 2:45pm -

Occupied Atlanta: 1864

Charleston: 1865
... the round church on the left would be a ringer for a railroad roundhouse. I wonder if the woman is dressed in mourning, and if ... hand, was never rebuilt. (The Gallery, Charleston, Civil War, Geo. Barnard) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/23/2011 - 1:19pm -

Charleston: 1865

City Point Wharf: 1865
... From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative. ... follower, and I love this photo for it's portrayal of the Civil War, but I don't see any life at all. The trees are dead, the water is ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/23/2009 - 11:20pm -

City Point Wharf: 1865

A Race Set Free: 1906
... Group , erected in Park Square in front of the Providence Railroad passenger-station, is by Thomas Ball, and was a gift to the city by ... L.J. Peretti Tobbacconists . (The Gallery, Boston, Civil War, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/30/2012 - 8:27am -

A Race Set Free: 1906
 
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