Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Civil War Portraits from the Library of Congress

Posted in Media, Memory by Andy Hall on December 7, 2010

The Library of Congress has put online a collection of almost 700 Civil War era photographic portraits, donated by the Liljenquist Family. Most of the images are of soldiers, and most are unidentified. But the Library of Congress is seeking the public’s help in identifying both the subjects and the photographers:

Most of the people and photographers are unidentified, and we’d love to learn more about them. Please let us know if you recognize a face from your family, a regiment, or a photographer’s painted studio backdrop! You can read some of the personal stories that did survive in notes found with the photo cases.

The images are remarkable, and often haunting. One wonders what happened to these men and boys, all trying to look so brave.


Image: Unidentified young soldier in Confederate shell jacket, Hardee hat with Mounted Rifles insignia and plume with canteen and cup, Library of Congress.

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  1. Matt McKeon said, on December 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    great post

  2. Dick Stanley said, on December 9, 2010 at 3:38 am

    They were brave, at least in the beginning. I just wish more of those snaps were of Rebels. There are just too, too few of them around.

  3. Dick Stanley said, on December 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

    BTW, did you ever see copies of The Confederate Calendar? They seem to have stopped publishing in 2008, or else they’ve run out of pictures.

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