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In April, 2011, I started adding a collection of almost 5,000 images concerning
the American Civil War. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking. Here
it is, April, 2012, and I've only been able to add images up to the middle
of 1862. It's taking me much longer than I imagined to accomplish this goal,
but I keep plugging away as I am able. Hopefully I will be done before the
Civil War's 150th anniversary is over!
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This page has nine illustrations of the Battle of Fort Henry, which was fought on February 6, 1862, in western Tennessee. It was the first important victory for the Union and Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the Western Theater.
of Roanoke Island was the opening phase of what came to be known as the
Burnside Expedition. It was fought on February 7?, 1862, in the North Carolina
Sounds a short distance south of the Virginia border. On this page are nine
pictures showing the bombardment and combat, and an image of General Burnside's
headquarters on the island.
On this page you'll find nine illustrations of the Battle
of Fort Donelson, which was fought from February 11 to February 16, 1862,
in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. There are images
of Smith's charge, and an attack by Federal gun boats, as well as a charge
led by General Lewis Wallace.
The capture of Fort
Donelson by Union forces opened the Cumberland River as an avenue for
the invasion of the South. This page gives nine views of the fort and surrounding
areas, as well as Grant's headquarters.
The success of Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on the Fort Donelson Battlefield elevated him from an obscure and largely unproven leader to the rank of major general, earning him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant. These illustrations show gun boats attacking, the explosion of a gun on board the Carondelet, and the gallant charge of regiments led by Colonel Morrison on February 13, 1862.
These pictures of Fort Donelson in the Civil War depict scenes from around the fort. By the time the Confederates surrendered on February 16th, 1862, nearly 1,000 soldiers on both sides had been killed, with about 3,000 wounded still on the field.
This page has nine drawings of the Battle
of Pea Ridge, also known as Elkhorn Tavern, a land battle fought on March
6?, 1862, in northwest Arkansas. The outcome of the battle essentially cemented
Union control of Missouri.
The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Merrimac), was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the development of navies. This page shows views of the arrival of the Monitor and its struggles with the Monitor.
of the Ironclads consisted of the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Virginia (built from the remnants of the USS Merrimack)
and supporting vessels opposing the ironclad USS Monitor and several conventional wooden vessels. The two ironclads fought for about three hours, with neither being able to inflict significant damage on the other. You'll find six illustrations of that battle on his page.
and Merrimac images show nine scenes of their encounter at Hampton
Roads, Virginia. The duel between the two ironclads ended indecisively,
with the Merrimac returning to her home at the Gosport Navy
Yard for repairs and the Monitor returning
to her station defending Minnesota.
The Battle of New Bern was fought near the city of New Bern, North Carolina, on March 14, 1862. This page contains nine images of the battle, including a view of the troops landing, the bombardment and battle scenes, and General Burnside's headquarters.
These images show nine different
Shiloh Battle Maps. There are maps showing the roads and positions of camps, a topographical plan of the battle field, the plan of defense at the Peach Orchard, and much more.
Landing in southwestern Tennessee, was the location of a major battle (well-known
as the Battle of Shiloh) that was fought on April 6th and 7th in 1862. This
page includes six images of the landing a few days before and after the battle,
and some more recent (1885) images.
You'll find nine illustrations of the Battle
of Shiloh, lead by Major General Ulysses S. Grant for the Union and Generals
Albert Sidney Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard on the Confederate side. The
Confederates won the first day's battle, but were ultimately driven back to
Corinth at the end of the second day of fighting.
These pictures of the Shiloh
Battlefield show images of the old Hamburgh Road that lead to the infamous
Hornet's Nest, the New Shiloh Church, site of the Log Chapel , which was
destroyed after the battle, as well as illustrations of men burning dead
horses following the battle.
Six scenes of the Battle
of Island No. 10,
which was fought between February 28 and April 8, 1862 at the Kentucky Bend
on the Mississippi River. This page includes maps, an image of the Carondelet running
the Confederate batteries, and Colonel Roberts's men of the Illinois 42nd spiking
the guns of the upper battery.
These drawings from the Battle
of Fort Pulaski show Cockspur Island, Georgia, during the Union army's
112 day siege. The Fort was captured after a 30 hour bombardment by Federal
forces on April 10 - 11, 1862. Here you'll see pictures of Tybee Island,
the interior of the mortar battery, and various other views of the siege
Here are six illustrations of events pertaining to the Battle
of Fort Jackson, a deceisive battle for possession of New Orleans in
the Civil War. Forts Jackson and St. Philip were Confederate forts on the
Mississippi River south of the city. They were attacked by the Union Fleet
on April 18, 1862, with a fairly unsuccessful bombardment. Here you'll
find images of the naval battle involving the flagship Hartford,
the Confederate ram Louisiana, and the U.S. steamers Mississippi and Harriet
This page illustrates the first day's bombardment of Fort
Jackson Louisiana, as well as Commander Porter's mortar flotilla, a
fire raft sent down stream, and a map and plans of the fort.
Here are six illustrations of Fort St. Philip, the second Confederate fort to surrender to Union forces on April 30, 1862. The surrender of Forts Philip and Jackson lead to the fall of New Orleans. This page shows sections of the fort, the bombardment, and the Confederate iron-clad, Louisiana on her way to the fort.
The Battle of Yorktown, also known as the Siege of Yorktown, was fought from April 5 to May 4, 1862. It was lead by Major General George B. McClellan on the Union side, and Major General John B. Magruder on the Confederate side. This page has pictures of the advance and siege.
The Battle of Seven Pines, also known as the Battle of Fair Oaks, or Fair Oaks Station, occurred on May 31 and June 1, 1862, in Henrico Country, Virginia. It was part of the Peninsula Campains, lead by Major General George B. McClellan and the Army of the Potomac.
Pines Battle was the largest battle in the Eastern Theater up to that time,
and marked the end of the Union offensive, leading to the Seven Days Battles
and Union retreat in late June. This page has a map showing army positions,
Sumner's march, and more.
You'll find six illustrations of the Seven Pines battlefield, including Hooker's headquarters, a fort built to protect officers, a line of Union works at the Twin House, and Allen's famhouse near Williamsburg road.
The page contains six more images of the Battle of Fair Oaks, or Seven Pines, with a view of Fair Oaks Station, Sumner's march, the Fair Oaks Farm and scenes of burying the dead and burning the horses.
These illustrations of the Fair Oaks Battle show regulars near Fair Oaks, a view of Fair Oaks Station, Hyer's House, which was used as a Union hospital, a farmhouse, and ruins of the White House at Fair Oaks. The fighting ended on June 1st, with both sides claiming victory and with roughly the same number of casualties: 5,031 on the Union side and 6,134 on the Confederate side.
These pictures of the Battle of Beaver Dam Creek, also known as the Battle of Mechanicsville or Ellerson's Mill, show the Union artillery shelling the Confederate works south of the Chickahominy, Ellerson's Mill, and the charge of the confederates. The battle took place on June 26, 1862 in Hanover County, Virginia. It was the first major engagement of the Seven Days Battles during the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War.
Six scenes of Battle
of Gaines's Mill, sometimes known as the First Battle of Cold Harbor or
the Battle of Chickahominy River, which took place on June 27, 1862 in Hanover
County, Virginia. This was the third of the Seven Days Battles. This page has
a map and several images of the the battle.
The night of June 27, McClellan ordered his entire army to withdraw to
a secure base at Harrison's
Landing on the James River. This page shows part of the fortified
camp, President Lincoln with General McClellan reviewing the toops, the
Westover Mansion, McClellan's headquarters, and Quaker guns left behind
following the evacuation of the Army of the Potomac.
These images of the Battle
of Savages Station, show several scenes from June 29, 1862 when the
Union Army began a general withdrawal toward the James River and across
White Oak Swamp, abandoning supplies and leaving more than 2,500 wounded
men in field hospitals.
of Glendale, also known as the Battle of Frayser's Farm, Frazier's
Farm, Nelson's Farm, Charles City Crossroads, New Market Road, or Riddell's
Shop, took place on June 30, 1862 on the sixth day of the Seven Days Battles.
There are nine illustrations on this page showing the opening of the battle,
the charge of the Confederates, the 5th U.S. Artillery, the 1st Massachusetts
battery, the 1st New Jersey Brigade, General Heintzelman's headquarters,
This page contains six views of the Battle
of White Oak Swamp, which took place on June 30, as the Union army
retreated southeast toward the James River and Major General William B.
Franklin stopped Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's division
at the White Oak Bridge crossing, while the larger Battle
of Glendale was being fought two miles to the south. These nine images
depict an artillery engagement there, as well as various other scenes.
This page has six more images of Malvern Hill, where Confederates suffered more thatn 5,300 casualities. Despite the Union victory, McClellan withdrew to Harrison's Landing where his army was protected by gunboats, ending the Peninsula Campaign.
The Seven Days Battles ended with McClellan's army in safety next to the James River, having suffered almost 16,000 casualties during the retreat. As Confederate General Robert E. Lee became convinced that McClellan would not resume his threat against Richmond, he moved north for the Northern Virginia and Maryland Campaigns. This page has six assorted illustrations from the seven days of fighting.
On April 19, a week after the battle at Fort Sumter, the Union's Sixth Massachusetts
Regiment answered Lincoln's call for troops and traveled south to Washington,
D.C. through Baltimore. Forced to walk through town, they were met by secessionist
sympathizers and trouble ensued. This page has nine images showing scenes from
that time in Baltimore
These images show nine more views of the
Riots. Four soldiers, Corporal Sumner Needham of Company I and Privates Luther
C. Ladd, Charles Taylor, and Addison Whitney of Company D, and twelve civilians
were killed in the riot. This incident is regarded by many as resulting in the
first bloodshed of the American Civil War.
of Big Bethel was one of the earliest land battles of the Civil War after
the surrender of Fort Sumter. The battle occurred between the Union Army and
Confederate States Army forces on June 10, 1861 in Hampton and York County,
Virginia. The Union suffered 76 casualties, with 18 killed, including Major
Winthrop and Lieutenant John T. Greble, the first regular army officer killed
in the war. This page has nine images of that battle, including illustrations
of Lt. Greble.
You'll find six illustrations of the Battle of Rich Mountain, which took place on July 11, 1861, in Randolph County, Virginia. The Union victory at Rich Mountain was instrumental in propelling General George B. McClellan to command of the Army of the Potomac.
Battle of Bull Run was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County,
Virginia. Among the six images here are ones of the stand of Union troops
at the Henry House, Union troops panicking, and a fight for Ricketts' guns.
These pictures of the First
Bull Run, the first major land battle of the American Civil War, contain
a scene of the Federal army advancing, the troops rallying behind the Robinson
House, and images of Stonewall Jackson during the battle.
Run Civil War images show scenes of wounded soldiers, a salute of
guns fired in front of Virginia's state house after the battle, soldiers'
graves, and a monumnet on the Bull Run battleground. Approximately 460
Union soldiers and 387 Confederate soldiers lost their lives during the
battle at Manassas Junction.
Here are six illustrations of events pertaining to the Battle
of Wilson's Creek, also known as the Battle of Oak Hills. The battle
was fought on August 10, 1861, near Springfield, Missouri, between Union
forces and the Missouri State Guard. It gave the Confederates control of
southwestern Missouri. Union General Nathaniel Lyon was killed
during this battle.
The Battle of Ball's Bluff, also known as the Battle of Harrison抯 Island or the Battle of Leesburg, was fought on October 21, 1861, in Loudoun County, Virginia, as part of Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's operations in Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. This page contains six drawings including scenes of the death of Colonel and U. S. Senator Edward Dickenson Baker.
Here are six illustrations of the Battle
of Belmont, fought on November 7, 1861, in Mississippi County, Missouri.
It was Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's first big combat test, and gave President
Lincoln a favorable impression of the man who would go on to become the
future Union Army general in chief and eventual U.S. president.
These pictures of the Battle
of Port Royal, one of the earliest amphibious operations of the American
Civil War, show the bombardments of Forts Walker and Beauregard and the
effect of shells on the fleeing Confederate soldiers in the woods.
This page has nine more Port
Royal images, including a map of the topography of Hilton Head, U.S.
troops at Fort Walker, and views of fortifications constructed by the Federal
Troops. Despite the heavy volume of fire, loss of life was relatively low,
with casualties on both sides totaling less than 100.
After South Carolina seceded from the Union on December 20, 1860, defenders of Fort Moultrie chose not to surrender to the South Carolina forces. On December 26, 1860, Union Major Robert Anderson moved his garrison at Fort Moultrie to the stronger Fort Sumter. In April 1861, Confederate troops shelled Fort Sumter into submission and the American Civil War began. This page contains eight images of Fort Moultrie including its evacuation by Anderson's troops and its later bombardment in 1863.
Star of the West was a steamship that was trying to resupply Major Anderson's garrison at Fort Sumter in January of 1861, before the Confederacy was formed. The ship was fired upon by cadets from Morris Island battery as it entered Charleston Harbor and was unable to get food and ammunition to Fort Sumter.
The Battle of Fort Sumter (April 12?3, 1861) was the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina, that started the American Civil War. This page contains six scenes of the battle.
Although the Union garrison at Fort Sumter returned fire, they were significantly outgunned and, after 34 hours, Major Anderson agreed to evacuate. The Fort Sumter Flag was lowered by Major Robert Anderson on April 14, 1861 and taken back to Washington, D.C., where it was frequently "auctioned off" to raise funds for the war effort. At the end of the war it was once again raised by Major Anderson over the battered fort.
General Beauregard (Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard) was the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army and commanded the defenses of Charleston at Fort Sumter against Major Anderson. Three months later he was the victor at the First Battle of Bull Run near Manassas, Virginia.
Thank you to the contributors at Wikipedia for helping me with the descriptions on this page.
To cite this website: U.S. History Images. Karen J. Hatzigeorgiou,
6 Apr. 2012. Web.
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