The Civil War claimed the lives of 750,000 Americans. Death defined the four wrenching years between 1861 and 1865, leaving an indelible imprint on the nation at large. Photography became a powerful tool of reportage and remembrance in the Civil War. Based on an exhibition drawn from The Huntington Library collections, these selected works and audio commentary by distinguished scholars and artists explore how photography and other media were used to describe, to explain, and perhaps to come to terms with a brutal, defining period in American history.
The Huntington–USC Institute on California and the West present an innovative, web-based digital exhibition with more than a dozen authors, critics, and scholars curating photographs from the 70,000-strong Southern California Edison archive at The Huntington.