Thursday, December 16, 2010

Civil War Faces: A Treasure Trove of Civil War Portraits

Recently and just in time for the kick-off of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Linljenquist Family very generously donated their collection of nearly 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress. This great gesture allows us to gain a better understanding of those who served in the Civil War. Numbers, statistics, and casualty figures alone only go so far; seeing the faces of these Union and Confederate soldiers makes the war real.

I urge you to follow the link below and peruse this amazing collection. Most of the soldiers in the photographs are not identified, so it is interesting to think about who these men were and what was their wartime fate. What compelled these soldiers to serve? From where did they come? What sustained them through the monotony of camp life and horrors of combat? How were these soldiers, their families, their communities all impacted by the war? All interesting thoughts to consider when viewing these photographs. Thanks to the Linljenquist Family for making these available.

Civil War Faces

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