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Confederate Army Portraits

The American Civil War was a civil war in the United States fought from 1861 to 1865. The Union faced secessionists in eleven Southern states grouped together as the Confederate States of America.
The Confederate States Army was the military ground force of the Confederate States. Many Army's records have been destroyed, army soldiering was not a constant occupation - it was not unusual for soldiers to take a leave of absence to tend to their farms. It is a fair estimate, however, that soldiers counted between 750,000 to one million total. The Confederacy's volunteer or recruited soldiers were from many ethnic groups. Under the commands of Robert E. Lee and Samuel Cooper, soldiers of the Confederacy lived by the Motto “Deo Vindice” (God will vindicate us).
[Five unidentified prisoners of war in Confederate uniforms in front of their barracks at Camp Douglas Prison, Chicago, Illinois]
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[Lieutenant William Sharpe Barnes, F Company, 4th North Carolina Infantry in frock coat]

Photograph shows identified soldier, William Sharpe Barnes, who enlisted in 1861 as a corporal.

Mrs. Ridgley Brown

Photograph shows Mrs. Ridgley (or Ridgely?) Brown, possibly the wife of Lieutenant Colonel Ridgely Brown of Co. K, 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and Co. A, 1st Maryland Cavalry Battalion, holding 11-star Confe... more

[Private Edward A. Cary of Company I, 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in uniform and his sister, Emma J. Garland née Cary]

Photograph shows identified soldier and woman; manuscript found with photograph. More information is in "Glimpses of Soldiers' Lives," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/SoldierbiosCary.html

[James W. Millner of Company K, 38th Virginia Infantry Regiment with bayoneted musket, holstered pistol, and knife]

Photograph shows identified soldier, James W. Millner, who enlisted in Company K, 38th Virginia Infantry Regiment, as a sergeant; knife he carries may have been manufactured by Boyle & Gamble or Burger & Burger... more

[Sergeant A.M. Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Co. F., and Silas Chandler, family slave, with Bowie knives, revolvers, pepper-box, shotgun, and canteen]

Photograph shows identified Confederate soldier, A.M. Chandler, and identified slave, Silas Chandler, who accompanied two Chandler brothers during their military service in the Civil War. For more information, ... more

Lt. Gen. Jas. Longstreet

Photograph shows Lieutenant General James Longstreet in uniform.

[Private Peter Jones of 12th Virginia Infantry Regiment, with pistol]

Photograph shows identified Confederate soldier.

[Unidentified soldier in Confederate officer's uniform with sword and framed photograph]

Photo shows officer with photograph of man with top hat possibly from Quinby's Charleston studio.