|Non-commissioned officer's mess of Co. D, 93d New York Infantry. Photo by Timothy H. O'Sullivan|
The Civil War occupies a central place in American History (note how the Hunter College History Department uses it to divide the US History survey course). We've thoroughly discussed the factors that led to the war, and some of the strategies in fighting the war. Take a look through the Library of Congress' exhibition of Civil War Photography and discuss what the photographs contribute to your understanding of the war.
There are over 1,100 photographs- you don't have to look at all of them, but browse through different categories and read some of the related articles to learn more about the context of field photography in the 1860s.
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