The photographs, printed materials, and objects in this collection are drawn from the Huntington’s deep archives relating to the American Civil War, begun when Henry E. Huntington purchased two of the “Big Five” collections of Abraham Lincoln materials early in the 20th century. The collection’s focus is on items created 1861-1865, but also includes materials dating from the lead up to the war and to postwar reminiscences or compilations.
The Huntington commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with two exhibitions drawn from the institution's deep visual and manuscript holdings. A companion website for one of the exhibits, A Strange and Fearful Interest, highlights the exhibit's themes using select photographs and other objects accompanied by text and audio commentary by noted scholars.
Group of Union Military and Civilian Men near Chattanooga, Tennessee, c.1863-1864 ~ Commentary by Gary W. Gallagher
U.S. Colored Troops, Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, c.1863 (Commentary by David W. Blight)
Soldiers' Burying Ground, Alexandria, Virginia, May 1863 ~ Commentary by Gary W. Gallagher
Battle-Field of Gettysburg. View on the Field after Fight of First Day., July 4, 1863 ~ Commentary by Gary W. Gallagher
The Assassination of President Lincoln, c. 1865 ~ Eyewitness Account by Joseph H. Hazelton, 1933
$100,000 Reward! The Murderer of Our Late Beloved President, Abraham Lincoln, Is Still at Large., April 20, 1865 ~ Commentary by James M. McPherson
Mourning ribbon commemorating the death of Abraham Lincoln, 1865 ~ Commentary by Richard A. Fox
The Last Hours of Abraham Lincoln, c. 1868 ~ Commentary by Harold Holzer
Special Time Schedule for the Train Conveying the Remains of Abraham Lincoln, April 29, 1865 ~ Commentary by Richard A. Fox
Rio Grande Camp Knife used by Powell in assassination attempt on William Seward, April 14, 1865 ~ Commentary by William F. Deverell
The Soldier's Grave, c. 1862 ~ Commentary by Alice Fahs
Abraham Lincoln, The Martyr, Victorious, 1866 ~ Commentary by Harold Holzer
Another View on Fifth Avenue. Twenty-Third and Twenty-Fourth Streets, in front of Madison Square., 1885 ~ Commentary by Joan Waugh
Veterans posing with John B. Bachelder at the 29th Ohio Infantry Monument, Gettysburg, c. 1887 ~ Commentary by David W. Blight