Faces of the Civil War

Collection by Ron Coddington

307 
Pins
 • 
96 
Followers

Images of Civil War soldiers and sailors

Ron Coddington
  American Pride, American Civil War, American History, Albert Barnes, Ignorant People, Freckle Face, History Images, Civil War Photos, Vintage Photographs

Pipe-Smoking, Baby-Faced Sergeant

Carte de visite by Frank Rowell of Providence, R.I. This freckle-faced unidentified youngster seems impossibly young to be a soldier. But collector and author Mike Cunningham is convinced that he is, and notes, “He has the smooth skin of a teenager, but the tired and wary eyes of a veteran campaigner.” Mike’s observations about the sergeant’s uniform supports his conclusion. “He is wearing a standard Federal issue 1858 pattern fatigue blouse that appears to be hand sewn in places. That is…

The war record of Maj. William Henry Jenkins of the Pennsylvania Cavalry, pictured here with his wife Mary Ann, is worthy of note. Unknown Soldier, Shiloh, American Civil War, Old West, Historical Society, Historian, Historical Photos, Black And White, Vintage

Major Jennings’ Close Call

Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. The war record of Maj. William Henry Jenkins of the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, pictured here with his wife Mary Ann, is worthy of note. In Tennessee, he fought Confederate horseman commanded by the likes of John H. Morgan and Nathan Bedford Forrest. He distinguished himself in the 1863 engagements at Stones River and McMinnville. In Georgia, he participated in raids with Hugh Judson “Kill Cavalry” Kilpatrick. Though fated to face the enemy on so…

  Vulgar Display Of Power, Alfred University, America Civil War, Military Service, Military History, Historical Photos, Blues, Civil Wars, Anonymous

Fighting Abolitionist

Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. Mordecai Casson Jr. of the 2nd New York Cavalry survived 35 battles and skirmishes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including Pleasant Hill, Cain River Crossing, Marksville, Yellow Bayou, McClouds Mills, Pollard and Fort Blakely. The son of English Quakers who settled in New York in 1852, Casson was a student at Alfred University when he enrolled in the army during the summer of 1863. His strong support for abolition was not shared by many…

A Union Petty Officer Next Us, War Image, American Veterans, America Civil War, Civil War Photos, Photo Reference, History Books, Us Navy, American History

A Union Petty Officer

Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. This Union sailor is identified as George Cager, Petty Officer, according to a period pencil identification on the back of this portrait. A revenue stamp, also on the back, dates this image between August 1864 and August 1866. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.

Casualty in the Fight for West Virginia American Civil War, American History, History Of Photography, War Photography, Post Mortem Pictures, National Cemetery, Civil War Photos, Us History, Old West

Casualty in the Fight for West Virginia

Carte de visite by James Presley Ball of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Western Virginia town of Princeton lay in ruins. Burned by Confederates in the face of approaching Union forces on May 1, 1862, the town changed hands at least twice over the following two weeks as both sides struggled for control of this strategically important part of the state. On May 16, Confederates drove Union soldiers from the town. The next day, as the Union forces attempted to retake the initiative, an ambush by Southern…

Warm Friends on a Sofa - Cute Animal Cavalier King Charles Dog, King Charles Spaniel, Victorian Sofa, Dog Heaven, Dog Photography, Vintage Photography, Dogs And Kids, Vintage Dog, Dog Dresses

Warm Friends on a Sofa

Carte de visite by Clark of Troy, N.Y. Wearing a checked dress, this child sits on a Victorian sofa with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The angle of the dog’s head and slightly closed eyes suggests a warm friendship. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.

  Vintage Pictures, Old Pictures, American Civil War, American History, Zahn, Memento Mori, Vintage Photographs, Sands, Vintage Men

Veterans, 1867

Carte de visite by Henry Ulke of Washington, D.C. Two men dressed in striped military trousers and civilian jackets posed for this portrait, which is dated 1867 on the back of the mount. The standing gent wears a cap featuring an infantry horn and the regimental number 41. Also visible on the flat part of the cap is what appears to be five ventilation holes. He may have been an officer in the 41st U.S. Colored Infantry, a regiment formed in 1866. Three years later, the regiment was…

Tips To Help You Become A Better Photographer – Yes Photography Old Pictures, Old Photos, Retro Photography, Victorian Photography, Wife Pics, The Porter, Civil War Photos, Photo Couple, Photographs Of People

The Porters, June 20, 1864

Carte de visite by Cook & Jones of Winona, Minn. The back of the mount of this photograph offers two clues as to the identity of this couple posed with a violin: The aforementioned photographer’s name and location, and a pencil inscription, “Mr. and Mrs. Porter June 20th 1864.” If the Porters lived in Winona, and if they were enumerated in the 1860 census, two couples may be the husband and wife pictured here. Lemuel C. Porter, a 37-year-old merchant, and 27-year-old Adelia, or…

A Pennsylvanian at the War’s End Post Mortem Pictures, War Image, War Photography, America Civil War, Civil War Photos, Le Far West, Gettysburg, Memento Mori, Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvanian at the War’s End

Carte de visite by Ewing & Painter of Harrisburg, Pa. The simple sack coat and muddy brogans worn by this Union infantry sergeant suggests he is a veteran. An internal revenue stamp on the back of the mount, used from late 1864 to late 1866, indicates that this is a late war image. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.

  American Soldiers, American Civil War, Post Mortem Pictures, Railroad Photography, War Image, Civil War Photos, Memento Mori, Casket, Us Army

Signal Corp Soldier

Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. A soldier dressed in a nine-button shell jacket and carrying a holstered revolver grasps a Signal Corps flag, as evidenced by the square on a plain field. In this case, the square is likely white against a field of red or black. This color combination was used on bright days. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.

  Vintage Photos Women, Victorian Life, Old Portraits, Civil War Dress, Civil War Photos, American Civil War, Female Portrait, Vintage Photography, Historical Photos

Sarah Childs

Carte de visite by an anonymous photographer. Wearing thin-rimmed eyeglasses and a brooch with a flower-motif pinned to the collar of her dress, Sarah Childs looks away from the camera. A search of Ancestry.com reveals many young women with this name who lived during the Civil War period. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.

A Casually Dressed Connecticut Soldier? Military Pants, American Civil War, Military History, Old Pictures, Historical Photos, Vintage Men, Sailor, Backdrops, Zahn

A Casually Dressed Connecticut Soldier?

Carte de visite by an unidentified photographer. This photograph was once part of an album of soldiers who served in the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery. The bewhiskered man, dressed in a shirt and what appears to be military pants and a waist belt buckle, stands in front of a unique painted backdrop and a section of tree trunk. The imagery is similar to an Alexandria, Va., photographer. The 2nd served in the defenses of Washington until early 1864 when it, like many of the heavies, were…

  World Globes, Daguerreotype, Children Images, Family Pictures, Professor, Vintage Photos, The Man, Gentleman, San Francisco

The World Is a Big Place, My Little Friend

Carte de visite by William Shew of San Francisco, Calif. Both the gentleman and his young charge are wide-eyed and slightly open-mouthed as they pose with a world globe. Though difficult to tell whether the globe is geopolitical or astronomical, it is clear that the man, who may be a professor or grandfather of the boy opposite him, points a pencil to a specific spot on the globe. The eBay seller who offered this image and nine others for auction provided this information about the…

Handsome Man, his Dog and Hat - CDV Photo by FR. Ransch of Manitowoc, Wisconsin American Civil War, American History, Manitowoc Wisconsin, Men Are Men, Sitting Poses, Vintage Photos, Photo S, Sailor, Father

A Union Veteran and His Dog, June 24, 1864

Carte de visite by Frank Ransch of Manitowoc, Wis. The vest worn by this gent features small brass buttons embossed with what appears to be an eagle and shield—a clear indication that he is a veteran. The presence of a civilian jacket and pants and a date on the back the mount, June 24, 1864, suggests he may have been on furlough. Another possible scenario is that he had just mustered out, or was about to muster out, at the end of a long term of enlistment. He might also have just enlisted…

Post Mortem CDV - Baby in Carriage - Ethereal cdv Photograph - West Batavia, IL The Canterville Ghost, Post Mortem Pictures, Post Mortem Photography, Creepy Photos, Six Feet Under, Memento Mori, Present Day, Macabre, Victorian Era

Dreams Never Realized

Carte de visite by L.M. Whitney of West Batavia, Ill. The fleshy face of this deceased child suggests that he or she died after a brief illness, compared to numerous other images of babies whose thin and emaciated forms suggest a protracted struggle for life. The stroller obtained by the parents of this child likely acquired it with happy thoughts of pleasant walks about town—dreams never realized. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for…

Carte de visite by Beers Bros. of Franklin, N. A farrier with his tools of the trade. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission. American Civil War, American History, Photo Reference, Vintage Men, Faces, Painting, Crystal, Tools, Cabinet

The Quintessential Farrier

Carte de visite by Beers Bros. of Franklin, N.Y. A farrier with his tools of the trade. I encourage you to use this image for educational purposes only. However, please ask for permission.