Behind the Lense

The American Civil War: In Colour

The Civil War of 1861 brought to life.
By
Zeyd Anwar
Founder and editor-in-chief of Res Publica
General Winfield S. Hancock, Generals Francis C. Barlow, David B. Birney and John Gibbon. Date unknown.
January 31, 2021
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he Civil War (1861-1865) is a central event to America's history, one that is deeply entrenched in the superpower's consciousness. While the American Revolution of 1776 led to the genesis of the United States, the Civil War determined what kind of nation it would be. As talk of another Civil War beckons between pro-Trump rioters and those who accept the presidency of Joe Biden, take a look at pictures from the Civil War, brought to life by colourisation.

All credits go to Klimbim.

Ms Clara Harris. Harris married Major Rathbone, a United States military officer. A socialiate, Harris and her husband were both sitting next to President Abraham Lincoln at the time of his assassination in April 1865
A woman by the name of "Ms Landkul". Date unknown.
Mary Todd Lincoln, 1861. Mary was the wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and as such was the First Lady between 1861-1865.
Robert Edward Lee, date unknown. Lee was an American Confederate-General, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 until its surrender in 1865.
Lady, ca. 1860 – ca. 1865.
Portrait of an unidentified woman. The sitter wears many pieces of jewellery, including a cross necklace with large beads, earrings, a brooch, rings, bracelets, and chains hanging from the sash on the waist of her dress. The earrings, brooch, chains, and rings are coloured with gold pigment. She also holds her finger in a book that is propped up on her lap. She leans one arm on a cloth-covered table. Photo taken by Thomas M. Easterly, 1850s.
Photograph of William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator, and author. He served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–1865). Date unknown.
Mrs. H. S. O’Hare. Date unknown.
George Pickett, career United States Army officer who became a major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
Solomon Meredith, a prominent Indiana farmer, politician, and lawman who became a controversial Union Army general in the American Civil War.
A Lady named Ms. Wheeler. Date unknown.
Captain Henry Page, assistant quartermaster, at the Army of Potomac headquarters with a horse, August 1863 in Bealeton, Virginia.
Abraham Lincoln, 1865.
A Civil War Lady. Date unknown.
A lady named Ms Coon, 1860-1865.
A lady named Ms. Wiser. Date unknown.
A lady named Ms. Baldwin. Date unknown.
A lady named Ms Shropshire. Date unknown.
William Tecumseh Sherman, date unknown.
Zeyd Anwar is the founder and editor-in-chief of Res Publica
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