20 Haunting Photos From The American Civil War

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The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a civil war in the United States of America. It was fought when 11 Southern states left the United States and formed the Confederate States of America (also called the Confederacy). The US government and the states that remained loyal to it were called the Union.

The main cause of the war was slavery, which was allowed in the South, including all 11 Confederate States. Slavery was illegal in most of the North. The Confederate States tried to leave the Union after Abraham Lincoln, who disliked slavery, was elected US president. The Union believed that it was illegal for the states to break away. There were five states that allowed slavery which stayed in the Union.

The war lasted four years and caused much damage in the South. After four years of fighting, the Union won the war, and soon, slavery was made illegal everywhere in the United States of America.

*definition quoted from simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War

Here are 20 haunting photos from the battlefields, prisons and camps of the American Civil War.

Dead Confederate soldiers by a fence on the field at Antietam (September 1862)
Union soldiers before the Battle of Chancellorsville (April 30, 1863)
Portrait of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis (1861)
African-Americans collect the bones of soldiers killed in battle at Cold Harbor, Virginia (June 1864)
Dead soldiers at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 1863)
Confederate soldiers who were captured at Gettysburg (1863)
Dead Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Spotsylvania in Virginia (May 1864)
Alfred Stratton, a 19-year-old soldier, who lost both arms due to canon shelling on June 18, 1864.
The ruins of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia in April 1865.
Dead Confederate soldier lies in a mudy trench at Fort Mahone on April 3, 1865 in Petersburg, Virginia
Public execution of Lincoln conspirators. Mary Surratt (hanging, far left) and three of the other convicted conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on July 7 1865. Her last words were, ‘Please don’t let me fall’
Dead Confederate artillery soldiers near their battery after the Battle of Antietam (1862)
A horse lies dying at the Battle of Antietam (1862)
Emaciated Union POW survived Andersonville Confederate Prison
Emaciated Union POW survived Andersonville Confederate Prison
Emaciated Union POW survived Andersonville Confederate Prison
A soldier amongst the ruins of Fort Morgan (August 1864)
Bodies of the unburied soldiers at the battlefield of Gaines’ Mill, Virginia
Lincoln stands on the battlefield at Antietam (October 3, 1862)
An amputation at Gettysburg in July 1863