Saturday, April 16, 2011

Civil War Tintypes and Ambrotypes--The Stories They Could Tell

The Web has blossomed with sites dedicated to upcoming sesquicentennial of the American Civil War . Below are some web sites from various places that contain pictures of various aspects of the Civil War. These period resources are great for research into the lives of the men and women of the time.

Featured Acquisition: Library of Congress

Liljenquist Family Collection
Close to 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs highlight both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. The Liljenquist Family sought out high quality images to represent the impact of the war, especially the young enlisted men. The photographs often show hats, firearms, canteens, musical instruments, painted backdrops, and other details that enhance the research value of the collection.
Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits of soldiers with their wives and children. A few personal stories survived in notes pinned to the photo cases, but most of the people and photographers are unidentified. Tom Liljenquist donated the entire collection to the Library in 2010. An exhibition of the collection will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War in April 2011. (Note: Only the online images are available due to exhibition preparations.)
View collection (new images added each week)
View a slide show: Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs
Read an essay: From the Donor's Perspective: The Last Full Measure

Flicker -- Civil War Faces

In addition, Parade magazine has a Real or Reenactment set of photos. How well will you do?

More photos available at

Teaching Resources at the National Archives

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