This is the oldest known photograph of Kentucky’s Old State Capitol building in Frankfort. The building was used as the state capitol from 1830 to 1910. Kentucky legislators had many heated debates about the Civil War. Kentucky was pulled between the North and the South. Frankfort was captured by Confederate forces once, but Kentucky stayed in the Union. In this photo, someone has drawn a sketch of a Confederate flag on the dome of the capitol.
This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.