Much of the American Civil War can be understood through military correspondence, army documents and letters. But to understand the social impact of the bloodiest battles in the nation’s history, researchers and citizens alike often turn to what was then a budding technology: photography.

Civil War photography by Mathew Brady

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There were many photographers who were able to capture the horrors and hardships both Union and Confederate soldiers had to face, but Mathew Brady was one of the most prolific. In addition to the aftermath of major battles, Brady and his associates were also able to capture day-to-day routines, details from camp life, and quiet moments between soldiers.

Civil War photography by Mathew Brady

To learn more about Brady’s work, visit his official website or read about his work at the Civil War Trust.