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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

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[CIVIL WAR]. Group of Early American CDVs and Tint...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[CIVIL WAR]. Group of Early American CDVs and Tint...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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[Ambrotype] Identified Tennessee Soldier
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
[Ambrotype] Identified Tennessee Soldier
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,250
$1001 Bid
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[Ambrotype] Iconic, Published Portrait
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
[Ambrotype] Iconic, Published Portrait
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $2,250- $2,750
$1001 Bid
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[Ambrotype] Southern Officer
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
[Ambrotype] Southern Officer
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $2,250- $2,750
$1001 Bid
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[Ambrotype] Elderly Virginia Soldier
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
[Ambrotype] Elderly Virginia Soldier
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $750- $1,250
$1001 Bid
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[Ambrotype] Enlisteman w/ CSA Belt Plate
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
[Ambrotype] Enlisteman w/ CSA Belt Plate
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $1,750- $2,250
$1001 Bid
[CIVIL WAR]. A Photo Album of CDVs, Including 14 P...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[CIVIL WAR]. A Photo Album of CDVs, Including 14 P...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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[REES, Charles] Ambrotype of Armed Soldier
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
[REES, Charles] Ambrotype of Armed Soldier
by Fleischer's Auction House
Est: $2,250- $2,750
$1001 Bid
3 CIVIL WAR CDV PHOTOGRAPH LOT ARTILLERY NAMED
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
3 CIVIL WAR CDV PHOTOGRAPH LOT ARTILLERY NAMED
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $250
$401 Bid
[CIVIL WAR]. Hand-Colored Cabinet Card Phot...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[CIVIL WAR]. Hand-Colored Cabinet Card Phot...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $80- $100
$401 Bid
CIVIL WAR CDV LOT GEN. SUTTON FIREMAN DBL. AMPUTEE
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
CIVIL WAR CDV LOT GEN. SUTTON FIREMAN DBL. AMPUTEE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
5 CIVIL WAR CDV PHOTOGRAPH LOT NAMED CAV ART
Mar 06, 9:00 AM EST
5 CIVIL WAR CDV PHOTOGRAPH LOT NAMED CAV ART
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $250- $350
$601 Bid
SET OF FOUR CIVILI WAR ERA AMBROTYPES IN UNION CASE.
Mar 08, 11:00 AM EST
SET OF FOUR CIVILI WAR ERA AMBROTYPES IN UNION CASE.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Confederate General Robert E Lee With Sons Photo Print
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Confederate General Robert E Lee With Sons Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Civil War Ruins, Pinckney Mansion Charleston South
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
Civil War Ruins, Pinckney Mansion Charleston South
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
African American History, Frederick Douglas, Civil War
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Frederick Douglas, Civil War
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
African American History, Civil War Plantation Slaves
Mar 02, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Civil War Plantation Slaves
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Antique Civil War Cabinet Card
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Civil War Cabinet Card
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $40- $60
$100 Bids
Antique Civil War Photograph: Cabinet Card (4)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Civil War Photograph: Cabinet Card (4)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $75- $125
$100 Bids
Antique Photograph: Civil War Cabinet Card
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Photograph: Civil War Cabinet Card
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
Antique Photographs: Civil War Prints (3)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Photographs: Civil War Prints (3)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
Antique Photographs: Civil War Tintypes (3)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Photographs: Civil War Tintypes (3)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $75- $125
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Civil War Photos


Roland Auctions NY

Roland Auctions NY

Fleischer's Auction House

Fleischer's Auction House

Hindman

Hindman

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online