A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images


This collection includes images related to the Civil War in Kentucky, ranging from medals and photographs to portraits and weapons. This resource was produced as a partnership of the Kentucky Historical Society and KET. The goal is provide images of artworks, artifacts, photographs, and source documents that can be used to teach social studies and arts and humanities. The images are for educational use by teachers and students; Kentucky Historical Society should be credited when using the images.

  • Teacher's Guide | A State Divided

    A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images includes images related to the Civil War from the collections of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). This guide explains how educators can use the resources and supporting materials in classrooms individually and collectively to engage students and invited inquiry and curiosity, as well as build observation and interpretive skills.

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Child’s Uniform, 1915 | A State Divided

    After the war, veterans organizations were formed to help the former soldiers. Some veterans needed medical care and a place to live. So, Kentucky opened a Confederate Veterans Home in Peewee Valley. In 1915, 50 years after the end of the war, there was a soldiers’ reunion at the home. William Griffith, Jr., whose grandfather was the commandant of the home, wore this child-sized Confederate uniform at the reunion to entertain the veterans.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Portraits of Dennis Doram, Jr., and Diademia Doram, c. 1839 | A State Divided

    These are oil-on-canvas paintings of Dennis and Diademia Doram. Both of them were born enslaved. But, they became a wealthy and well-known couple. Dennis owned a rope factory and a hemp business. He helped found the Caldwell School for Women in Danville. The portraits were painted by Patrick Henry Davenport. These portraits may be the only paintings of African Americans that he painted.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Rock Island Rebels, c. 1863 | A State Divided

    Prisoners were taken on both sides of the Civil War. Conditions at prison camps were very poor. Men at prison camps suffered from disease, hunger, and exposure. Many were killed trying to escape. Some prisoners were mistreated or killed for revenge. The Confederate prisoners in this photograph were at Rock Island Prison in Illinois.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Theatrical Poster of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, c. 1880 | A State Divided

    This is a poster advertising the play Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The play was based on a book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. She saw a slave auction in Maysville, Kentucky and became a strong opponent of slavery. In her book, she told the story of the daily lives of slaves. The book and the play made many Northerners want to end slavery. When Stowe met Abraham Lincoln, he supposedly said, “so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”

    Grades: 5-12

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