View of Libby Prison, once used by the Confederate Army to hold Union prisoners of war, after its surrender to the Union Army. The brick building, the lower half of which is painted white, sits along the James River. Crowds of men and women stand in the dirt yard and crowd around one of the entrances. Tents are visible in the yard on both sides of the image.


  • Title: Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia
  • Creator: Alexander Gardner
  • Date Created: April 1864
  • Location Created: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.8 × 22.9 cm (7 × 9 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XO.944.2.2.39
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Alexander Gardner (American, born Scotland, 1821 - 1882)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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