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American Civil War Photos

The American Civil War was fought on the eve of a technological revolution. This lead to numerous firsts in terms of technology and innovation. While the American Civil War wasn’t the first time we saw photographs taken during conflict, it was more heavily photographed than any war before.

Photographers during the Civil War would to the field of battle to attempt to capture an image they could sell to a newspaper or keep as a testament. The amount of photographs taken during this war is staggering, especially considering the time and equipment required to do so. Many well-preserved, collectible photographs still exist of some pivotal moments during the war.


Quick Facts

  • Mathew Brady, often considered the father of photojournalism, started his career by taking extraordinary photographs of the Civil War
  • Cameras at the time required 5 to 20 seconds of exposure time, making action shots impossible
  • Photographs during the Civil War were sometimes manipulated, including images of the Battle of Gettysburg and a composite of Abraham Lincoln

Recommended Items at Auction

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Civil War Soldier Holding Pistol Photo
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Civil War Soldier Holding Pistol Photo
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1507 Bids
Civil War Officers Tin Type with Case, EC
Jan 21, 1:00 PM EST
Civil War Officers Tin Type with Case, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1606 Bids
Six CDV Photo Cards of Civil War
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Six CDV Photo Cards of Civil War
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$505 Bids
Small Oval Blue Velvet Cased Daguerreotype Handsome Union Officer [Civil War]
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Small Oval Blue Velvet Cased Daguerreotype Handsome Union Officer [Civil War]
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$2004 Bids
Civil War Soldier Officer Cased Image Photo
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Civil War Soldier Officer Cased Image Photo
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2004 Bids
Sixth Plate Civil War Soldier Tintype Photograph Tinted US Flag Civil War Scene Backdrop
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Sixth Plate Civil War Soldier Tintype Photograph Tinted US Flag Civil War Scene Backdrop
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$903 Bids
CIVIL WAR 15TH PA CAVALRY CDV AND POETRY BOOK J.E. WILDES.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
CIVIL WAR 15TH PA CAVALRY CDV AND POETRY BOOK J.E. WILDES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
c1860s Col. Allen L Burr & Officers 189th Regiment New York Volunteers Mathew Brady Civil War Photo
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
c1860s Col. Allen L Burr & Officers 189th Regiment New York Volunteers Mathew Brady Civil War Photo
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $40- $50
$602 Bids
Four Antique Tin Types ( Civil War Era and Coat and One Man Holding Rifle with Top Hat)
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Four Antique Tin Types ( Civil War Era and Coat and One Man Holding Rifle with Top Hat)
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
LOT OF CIVIL WAR RELATED PHOTOS AND CDVS.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF CIVIL WAR RELATED PHOTOS AND CDVS.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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CIVIL WAR ERA SOLDIER/OFFICER, FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
CIVIL WAR ERA SOLDIER/OFFICER, FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Half Plate Outdoor Tintype Photograph Horse Drawn Wagon (Denver, Colorado)
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Half Plate Outdoor Tintype Photograph Horse Drawn Wagon (Denver, Colorado)
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$501 Bid
Civil War Soldier in Uniform Tin Type Photo
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Civil War Soldier in Uniform Tin Type Photo
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Captain John Southworth [CDV] Civil War Union Army 18th Massachusetts Infantry
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Captain John Southworth [CDV] Civil War Union Army 18th Massachusetts Infantry
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$501 Bid
Sixth Plate Ambrotype Photograph Outdoor Man on Horse Possibly Civil War Soldier
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Sixth Plate Ambrotype Photograph Outdoor Man on Horse Possibly Civil War Soldier
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$501 Bid
Group of 10 Civil War CDV Photographs: Gen. Robert Schenck, John Brannan, George Thomas & Others
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Group of 10 Civil War CDV Photographs: Gen. Robert Schenck, John Brannan, George Thomas & Others
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
[Civil War] CDV Photograph Major General Stoneman Army Cavalry / Governor of California
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
[Civil War] CDV Photograph Major General Stoneman Army Cavalry / Governor of California
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$500 Bids
Confederate General Robert E Lee With Sons Photo Print
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Confederate General Robert E Lee With Sons Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Major General Silas Casey, Civil War [CDV] Signed Portrait, Whitehurst Gallery
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Major General Silas Casey, Civil War [CDV] Signed Portrait, Whitehurst Gallery
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$500 Bids
Civil War Union Army Arsenal, City Point, Virginia Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Civil War Union Army Arsenal, City Point, Virginia Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
General Edwin Vose Sumner CDV Photograph Union Army [Civil War]
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
General Edwin Vose Sumner CDV Photograph Union Army [Civil War]
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$500 Bids
African American History, Frederick Douglas, Civil War
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Frederick Douglas, Civil War
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
African American History, Slaves, Civil War Plantation
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Slaves, Civil War Plantation
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Civil War Photos


Regency Antique Books

Regency Antique Books

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Connoisseur Online

Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

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Homestead Auctions