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Odd Wisconsin Archive

"New" Civil War Photos

Years ago, Society archivists housed historic images about popular subjects in albums. Several of these albums contain pictures of the Civil War, and in recent weeks staff have been publishing them on the Web for the first time.

They include many images made durng the war itself, or immediately after -- often faded, chipped, or otherwise in less-than-perfect condition after the passage of nearly 150 years. They show many different ways that visual images of the war were created and shared, such as studio portraits, candid shots in the field, pencil sketches, lithographs, and watercolors. 19th-century photographic formats such as stereoviews, cartes de visite, and hand tinted images are all represented. Although many are of famous battles or prominent people, a great many others show the humble common people who were involved. Anonymous soldiers, escaped prisoners, nurses, sweethearts, and cooks can all be seen.

To view all these recently added images, click on the first underlined link above. To stay up-to-date with all the new additions to Wisconsin Historical Images, subscribe to our newsletter, WHI News.

You can also see contemporary articles and books about Wisconsin in the Civil War - - including a synopsis of every unit's history, a list of every soldier in every unit, diaries, memoirs, life on the home front, and more - - at Turning Points in Wisconsin History.

If you want to hear and smell what the Civil War was like, in addition to seeing images or reading texts about it, don't miss our Civil War Weekend next Saturday and Sunday at Wade House. Thousands of spectators will join re-enactors from around the nation on the 1860s-era historic site near Sheboygan. Not sure if this is for you? Check out photos from past years' encampments. Then mark it on your calendar and let the kids know that next weekend they're going to get a real taste of the Civil War - - or at least a sniff.
:: Posted in on September 17, 2005

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