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        Civil War Imagery | 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 and piloted by aeronauts like Professor Thaddeus S. Lowe. A military telegraph corps was created to support the communications needed between officers on the battlefield and the president. More than a thousand operators sent and received more than a million messages during the war across 4,000 miles of telegraph wires. In prison camps, more than 400,000 soldiers were held, and 56,000 of them perished under confinement from disease, overcrowding, and other illness. 

        A Group Of Military Telegraph Operators | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of military telegraph operators in Bealeton, Va, August-November, 1863.

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        Sutter's (i.e., Sutlers') Row," 1861 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Not long after Grant established a supply line to Chattanooga, enterprising civilians opened "Sutter's (or Sutlers') Row" to sell dry goods and delicacies to the Union forces. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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        Group At Tent And Wagon At The New York Herald | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph of a group in front of the tent and wagon of the New York Herald in Bealeton, Va. August-November, 1863.

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        A. Foulke At Brandy Station, 1864 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Officers chat near the tent of the regimental sutler, A. Foulke, who dealt in everything from sweets to stationary.

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        Chimney at Brandy Station, 1864 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The chimney of a burned house makes a handy oven for troops waiting for the order to move out in early spring, 1864.

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

        Image of a family group before the house in which General Charles S. Winder (C.S.A.) died. July-August, 1862.

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        Women at Cedar Mountain, 1862 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Farm women take a moment from their sowing at Cedar Mountain, Virginia, in front of the house where Charles S. Winder died.

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

        An image taken of the Aiken's House in James River, Virginia.

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        Bones at Plank Road, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        When the Union soldiers settled down for the night in the wilderness in 1864, they found the bones of those who had died there the previous year.

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        Untitled Image | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Untitled image from the Ken Burns documentary, "The Civil War."

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        Thaddeus S. Lowe in Balloon, 1862 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Professor Thaddeus Lowe, maker of the horse-drawn hydrogen generator, inflates his observation balloon, Intrepid, to survey enemy positions.

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        Headboard Of Private John Marshall, 1862 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        The wooden headboard (grave marker) of Private John Marshall, 28th Pennsylvania, not far from the Dunker church.

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        Private Edwin Francis Jemison, 1860-1862 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Private Edwin Francis Jemison (misidentified as "Jennison"), 2nd Louisiana Regiment, was killed in action at the Battle of Malvern Hill in July, 1862. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

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        Confederate Prisoners at Five Forks, April 1, 1865 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Federal troops guard rebel prisoners captured by Philip Sheridan at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865.

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        Federal Prisoners at Castle Pinckney, 1861 | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        These men of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves, seized at First Bull Run, kept up their morale while locked up in Castle Pinckney in Charleston Harbor.

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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.

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