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        Life During the War | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Explore a collection of images highlighting life during the Civil War. The Union Army Balloon Corps was established to observe enemy positions from above, in balloons piloted by aeronauts like Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe. The U.S. Military Telegraph Corps was created to support the communications needed between officers on the battlefield and President Lincoln. More than a thousand operators sent and received messages across 4,000 miles of telegraph wires. Over 400,000 soldiers were held in Union and Confederate prison camps, an estimated 56,000 of whom died while emprisoned. The Civil War also created a refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes.

        Union Military Telegraph Operators | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A group of military telegraph operators, at the Bealeton, Virginia headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, ca. August 1863. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Thaddeus S. Lowe in His Balloon, the "Intrepid" | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe observing the battle from his balloon "Intrepid," while soldiers in camp hold the balloon's ropes, Fair Oaks, Virginia, May 31, 1862. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Confederate Prisoners at Five Forks, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Confederate prisoners, captured by General Sheridan at Five Forks after the storming of Petersburg, on the way to the rear under Federal troop guard, April 1865. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Captured Union "Fire Zouaves" at Castle Pinckney, SC | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A group of 11th New York "Fire Zouaves" captured at the Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, outside their prison cell at Castle Pinkney, Charleston, South Carolina, August 1861. [The sign over the door says "Hotel Zouave."] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photo. Div.

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        The Old Capitol Prison, Washington DC | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The Old Capitol Prison, 1st and A Streets NE, Washington, DC, ca. 1861-1865. [The Prison housed prominent prisoners, including Confederate generals and the Lincoln conspirators.] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Refugees Leaving the Old Homestead | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A Union family on and around a horse-drawn wagon loaded with furniture and belongings, in the process of relocating northward (to escape Rebel persecution), 1862. [From original stereograph.] Photo credit: George N. Barnard (1819-1902). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photo. Div./NARA.

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        The New York Herald Field Office, Bealeton, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Group of men with the tent and wagon of the New York Herald field office, Bealeton, Virginia [headquarters of the Army of the Potomac], August 1863. Photo credit: Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Sutler's Row, Chattanooga, TN | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Sutlers lean against their store fronts along Sutter's [Sutler's] Row, Chattanooga, Tennessee, ca. 1861-1865. ["Sutlers" were civilian merchants who accompanied troops to sell them food, drink, and supplies.] Photo: Mathew Brady (1823?-1896). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.

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        A. Foulke's Sutler Tent, Brandy Station, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Tent of A. Foulke, a sutler at the headquarters of the 1st Brigade, Horse Artillery, Brandy Station, Virginia, February 1864. Photo credit: James Gibson (1828-?). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Family Group, Cedar Mountain, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Family group before the house in which Confederate General Charles S. Winder died, August, 1862. [Winder was mortally wounded during the Battle of Cedar Mountain, and brought to this house.] Photo credit: Timothy H. O'Sullivan (1840-1882). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Aiken's House, James River, VA | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        A family on the porch of Aiken's House, and Union soldiers on the lawn, James River, Virginia, ca. 1864-1865. [House of A.M. Aiken, near Aiken's Landing (Varina).] Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division/National Archives & Records Administration.

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