|Confederate Stars and Bars - 1863|
Photography brought the Civil War to life for Americans. The camera was around before the Civil War, but photographers like Matthew Brady became instant celebrities as they took pictures of battle scenes, generals, and the devastation that afflicted the American soldiers. When we think of photojournalists today, we remember pictures taken during the Viet Nam War, World War II, and more recently Afghanistan. Through American history, the battles have been brought to us through photographs. What most people do not realize is that while we think photography first brought war to us during the Civil War, photographs were being taken earlier than that.
The cameras were huge and difficult to carry around. This did not keep the photographers from hauling their equipment across battlefields as they set up their tripods and took pictures of the wounded and dead. The photographers would follow the soldiers and take pictures of them as they relaxed or prepared for battle.
|Union Flag with 34 stars|
|camera used during Civil War|
|Mosaic of portraits from Civil War era|
|delegation of Native Americans at White House|
|Lincoln and his son|
|General Ulysses S. Grant|
|Lincoln at his second inauguration|
With the invention of the camera and the photojournalist, the depiction of war would never be the same.
Just think, the picture below is of the Battle of Bull Run. If the camera had not been used to capture the battles, this would be our memory of the events of a time in our lives that is so deeply embedded in our minds that we will not forget them.
|painting of the Battle of Bull Run|