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Civil War Women – Portraits of Women from the Civil War Era

Civil War Women – 25 Glamor Portraits of American Young Ladies – ca 1863-1864

Mathew Brady (1823-1896) was one of the most creative and well-known photographers of the nineteenth century. Brady and his associates traveled the eastern part of the United States during the Civil War, capturing images of people, places and events to create a dramatic, telling account of the Civil War for the world to see. Photographing many subjects throughout the war, including various portraits of women and their attire. Here we present 25 such portraits for you to admire.

Touring with the Union Army throughout the Civil War, Brady visited much of the country capturing the effects of the war through photos of people, towns, and battlefields. In addition to visiting cities for these photos, Brady kept studios in Washington, DC and New York City, New York where many famous persons from the era sat for portraits. He photographed influential politicians, war heroes, and average everyday persons involved in the conflict.

Mathew Brady photographed many subjects throughout the Civil War, including many portraits of women, capturing their Victorian Era attire to perfectly preserve this style for all to see.

The Library of Congress and U.S. National Archives has scanned and digitized over 6,000 images from Mathew Brady’s photographs of Civil War-era people, places and events.

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