Union soldiers on the Mason’s Island (Theodore Roosevelt Island) guarding the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. in 1861. Behind them is the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge and Georgetown University on top of the hill. During the Civil War, the island served as a storage and distribution site, and also as a training camp for Union troops.
Union Army troops occupying Courthouse Square in Huntsville, following its capture and occupation by federal forces in 1864. The soldiers reportedly tore down the North Alabama College to construct their winter quarters using brick from the college. The Old Northern Bank of Alabama is visible in the left of the photograph.
Joseph Clovese, G.A.R. veteran, at the 83rd and final G.A.R. reunion held in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 28, 1949. This was the first Civil War reunion for the former Union soldier who had been born into slavery 105 years earlier. Born January 30, 1844 on a plantation in St. Bernard Parish, LA, Clovese deserted his master […]
Officers of the gun boat – the USS Mendota – in 1864. From the day of her commissioning in 1864, Mendota was assigned to the James River Division, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The first ten months she served as a picket ship near Four Mile Creek. Her guns were used to prevent the establishment of […]
Gen. William T. Sherman, leaning on breach of gun, and staff at Federal Fort No. 7 in Atlanta Georgia. George N. Barnard, photographer, 1864. This photograph of Sherman was taken after three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting. Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy in […]
Ulysses S. Grant embarked on a two-year world tour after his second term in office ended in 1877. Rest and relaxation was on his mind. After all, his reputation and presidency was damaged by corruption within his administration and party. He also hoped, if people in other countries showed their admiration for him, Americans would […]
View on USS Monitor deck looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the James River, Virginia on July 9, 1862. Officers at right are (left to right): Third Assistant Engineer Robinson W. Hands, Acting Master Louis N. Stodder, Second Assistant Engineer Albert B. Campbell (seated) and Acting Volunteer Lieutenant William Flye (with binoculars). […]
The USS Hunchback’s officers and crew on deck in the James River, Virginia, 1864-65. One man is playing the banjo in the foreground, another is holding a small white dog, while others are reading newspapers. Men seated in center appear to be peeling potatoes. Many crewmen are wearing their flathats in the style of berets. […]
Photograph is of officers of 3rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery while stationed in Washington, D.C. in 1865. The regiment was composed of companies already mustered but, at this time, were unattached to specific regiments. From the spring of 1864 until the end of the war, the men were stationed at garrisons around Washington, D.C. […]