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Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln

Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln. Look how much he changed in just 7 years!

President Lincoln and General George B. McClellan in the general's tent near the Antietam battlefield, October 3, 1862. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

Probably the most famous photograph of General Robert E. Lee. This photograph was taken just days after his surrender at Appomattox by the famous Matthew Brady behind General Lee's home in Richmond, VA.

John D. Rockefeller, richest American of all time... worth $330 Billion in the 1800s. More than triple the net worth of the top 5 richest Americans today. His grandson is David Rockefeller.

U S Civil War battlefields | Confederate troops at the Battle of Bull Run (called "Manasas" by the ...

Aiding in the abolition of slavery is Harriett Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom's Cabin. According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 by saying "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great [Civil] war." Truly one of history's finest depiction of American slavery.

The US Capitol, Washington, DC as it appeared in 1861. Today (12 April) is the day in 1861 when Confederate artillery opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, ushing 4 years of civil war in America. By 1865, approx. 625,000 Amercians had perished as a result of the war. This was the deadliest war in American history.

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John Quincy Adams: The First Photograph Of A President

John Quincy Adams (1843). The earliest confirmed photograph of an American President.

Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham Lincoln to live to adulthood. This was taken in 1922 at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Robert was at Abraham Lincoln's bedside at his death. Robert Lincoln was also at the Sixth Street Train Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881, and witnessed the assassination of President James Garfield. At the time Lincoln was serving as Garfield's Secretary of War.

Photograph of Thomas Edison with his phonograph (2nd model), taken in Mathew Brady's Washington, DC studio in April 1878. One of America's finest.