Category Photographs

How Far Could Civil War Balloonists See?

Here is a fascinating look into how much balloonists in the Civil War could actually see. “From their launch point at Edwards Ferry on the Potomac River, Curt Westergard and his team from in Falls Church, Virginia, raised a small, tethered aerostat balloon—with a cluster of cameras, but no passenger, on board—to 800 feet. Then they […]

To Make Their Own Way in the World

This is a discussion between Professor Deborah Willis, Professor John Stauffer, Professor Sarah Lewis, and Ilisa Barbash on photographs of enslaved women. The video’s description reads, “New York University Photography Chair Deborah Willis, Harvard University African American Studies Professor John Stauffer, and Harvard University African American Studies Professor Sarah Lewis discussed 15 photographs of slaves from South Carolina that were […]

3-D Virtual Tours of Gettysburg Buildings

Have you ever wanted to get inside the David Wills House where Lincoln stayed the night before he gave his Gettysburg Address but haven’t had the opportunity? How about the Lydia Leister House where Maj Gen George G. Meade had his headquarters and was the site of the famous July 2 Council of War? What […]

Commemorating Soldiers in the Press

Here’s a pretty good panel presentation on how the press in the Civil War depicted and commemorated soldiers through artwork, photography, stories, and obituaries. The video’s description reads, “Scholars discussed how the Civil War press commemorated soldiers in newspaper illustrations, obituaries, prisoner of war accounts and solicitations to fund monuments. This session was part of an annual […]

Photographs of Antietam Battlefield

Here’s Stephen Recker discussing photographs of the Antietam Battlefield, including some that haven’t been seen before. The video’s description reads, “Stephen Recker is creator of the book, Rare Images of Antietam – And the Photographers Who Took Them. Mr. Recker talked about how he became interested in collecting photographs of the Antietam battlefield, and shared stories […]

Typical Neoconfederate Dishonesty

You may have seen this article, as it’s been out for quite a long time now. As we’ve come to expect from neoconfederates, they’ve fabricated evidence of so-called “black confederates.” You may have seen this photo put forward to “prove” black men fought as confederate soldiers from the beginning of the war. It’s a lie. According […]

Abraham Lincoln in Art and Photographs

Here’s Professor Mark Pohlad of DePaul University, a professor of art history. He’s talking about how Lincoln was depicted in images, through art and photography. The video’s description reads, “DePaul University professor Mark Pohlad taught a class on representations of President Abraham Lincoln in art and photographs. He described how images of Lincoln might reach different audiences, such […]

C-SPAN Posts Videos from CWI 2016 Day One

I wrote about the first day of the 2016 Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College here. C-SPAN has now posted the videos from that evening’s lectures and they’re available. David Silkenat of the  University of Edinburgh talked about “An Honorable Defeat: The Confederacy and Reconstruction.” You can see it here: Mark Summers of the University […]

The American Civil War Then and Now

Here is an outstanding project from the Guardian. We start with a period photograph, which you can then morph into a modern photograph of the same spot. You can see the change in the area that’s happened since the Civil War. Additionally, there’s an audio file to play from a commentator speaking about the action […]

Battlefield Photography Then and Now

Here’s a Greystone Communications documentary on battlefield photography focusing on the work of William A. Frassanito.  It’s an episode of the series, “The Unknown Civil War.”  Look how young Garry Adelman and Tim Smith are!  You can also see the effects of time on the battlefield with the growth of trees over the years.  There […]