Civil War, U.S. - Unforgettable Sights - Preface

Civil War, U.S. - Unforgettable Sights (Illustration) Famous Historical Events Geography Social Studies American History Nineteenth Century Life

Detail of The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, located in front of the United States Capitol, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Grant was the General in charge of Union forces when the U.S. Civil War ended.


How oft have I thought of home.
That place that I formerly so little appreciated.

Thomas D. Newton
Confederate Soldier 

May 28, 1862


Home. It was the place where Americans fought their deadliest war.

Mass slaughter ended the lives of 618,000 “Yanks” and “Rebs” who disagreed over issues like states’ rights and slavery. About 2% of the American population died. (That equates to more than 6.5 million people in 2017.)

Photographs at the U.S. National Archives and the Library of Congress depict the horror (like Gettysburg, famously memorialized by Abraham Lincon) of America’s tragic internal conflict (summarized, in animated/video format, by the Civil War Trust). Thousands of extraordinary pictures have been digitized and are available for unrestricted use.

What does the evidence, held by America’s Official Archives, reveal? 

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Original Release: Feb 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Jun 03, 2017

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