American Civil War

During 1861-1865 the northern part of the USA fought against the southern half to end slavery. The north was known as the Union, and the south was known as the Confederacy. At the time, the United States was under the direction of President Abraham Lincoln. This gallery shows the destruction and beginning of the reconstruction of America during the Civil War. 

Here the Union army is using a locomotive to remove two crashed trains. The tactic of tampering with train tracks would often put the opposing side in the lead for the war. It was a major setback.
This photo shows the extensive damage that happened on an almost daily basis. Colored photos were not yet available. The dark colors of the photo show the depressing mood of America during this time.
This photo shows the tremendous amount of stress that the president, and basically everyone in America, was feeling. He keeps a somber face after 26,000 soldiers are killed in a particular battle.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle in the Civil War. It destroyed thousands of lives and was the ultimate deciding point of the war. You can literally see here that the country fell apart.
This was also a photograph by Russell. It shows the aftermath of the second part of the Battle of Fredricksburg. We see flipped caissons and wreckage, which depict the horror scene after each battle.
I chose this photo, not only because the masses of bodies show the angst of the time, but the title especially stood out. Not only the battlefield, but the whole country was "Completely Silenced".
This photo shows the rivalry between the two sides. The train was overturned likely because the Confederates fiddled with the tracks. They would do this in order to delay the Union soldier's travels.
I chose this photo for my gallery because Andrew Joseph Russell was the first assigned photographer in the Civil War. The Civil War was the first war that cameras were used to photograph events.
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