Civil War, U.S. - Unforgettable Sights - THE MEN WHO FOUGHT

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Fighting, during America’s civil war, was not just by troops on the ground. Sailors at sea also did battle, like at Hampton Roads during the 8th-9th of March in 1862. Two ironclads—the Monitor (for the Union) and the Merrimac (also known as CSS Virginia, for the Confederacy)—fought off Sewell’s Point (today’s Norfolk), supported by other ships. There were hundreds of casualties. This image depicts a chromolithograph entitled “The Monitor and Merrimac: The First Fight Between Ironclads,” produced by Louis Prang & Co., and published in Boston (circa 1886). Online, Library of Congress. Click on the image for a better view.


Who were the fighters of the American Civil War? What was life like for them?

The National Archives contain many pictures - mostly of Union soldiers. What follows is a representative sampling:

  • An Army battery stands at drill in Ringgold, Georgia.

  • Company "H" of the 44th Indiana Infantry.

  • 2nd Maine Infantry at a camp site.

  • The 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery created "havoc" with a 32-pound shell at Fredericksburg, Virginia.

  • Company of 21st Michigan Infantry - also called "Sherman's Veterans."

  • Members of the 21st Michigan Infantry.

  • A Regimental Drum Corps.

  • 114th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers - at Headquarters for the Army of the Potomac. 1863.

  • Army engineers, from the 8th New York State Militia, pose in front of a tent.

  • Company "E" of the 22nd New York State Militia, near Harpers Ferry, Virginia. (Harpers Ferry, where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers converge, is now in the state of West Virginia.)

  • Captain Otis and the 22nd New York Infantry at Maryland Heights, Harpers Ferry.

  • Officers of the 164th and 170th New York Infantry.

  • Flag of the 8th Pennsylvania Reserves.

  • At Camp William Penn, Pennsylvania, the 26th U.S. "Colored Volunteer Infantry" was on parade.

  • Headquarters of "F" Company, 11th Rhode Island Infantry, at Miners Hill, Virginia.

  • Men in the trenches before Petersburg, Virginia.

  • Battery Rodgers, a fort on the Potomac River, below Alexandria.

  • Federal troops build a bridge across the Tennessee River at Chattanooga in March of 1864.

  • Sailors and Marines on board the U.S. gunboat Mendota in 1864.

  • Men aboard the CSS Manassas, an armored ram.

  • Wounded soldiers, in the hospital, at a time when morphine was widely used for pain. (At the end of the war over 400,000 men had "Army Disease" - morphine addiction.)

  • Amputations in the field were more common than most people realize.

  • Interior view of Carver Hospital, Washington, D.C.

  • Convalescent camp near Alexandria, Virginia.

  • When a military tour of duty was finished, the soldier was discharged. Follow the link to an example of a Civil War Discharge from February, 1863.
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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: Sep 05, 2017

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