Civil War Photographs
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 37 , Segment 3
Episode: Religious Freedom, Millennium Photograph, Civil War
- Apr 6, 2015 9:00 pm
- 13:17 mins
Guest: Bob Zeller, president of the Center for Civil War Photography We recently learned about a trove of remarkable photos documenting life before and during the Civil War that has arrived at the Library of Congress and is being digitized for people to view online. The pictures themselves are remarkable, but so, too, is the story of how they came to be in a single collection. The photos offer a glimpse at daily life of southern slaves before the war and extend all the way to a shot of Abraham Lincoln's Illinois home draped in a black-and-white mourning cloth after his assassination. The Library of Congress announced last week it had acquired more than 500 of these images from the collection of an 87-year-old Texas grandmother.