November 14, 2018

Today in History: Lee Surrenders

Today in History–April 9–the Library of Congress features the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant on this day in 1865. Learn more about the surrender by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access thousands more Civil War resources.Lee's surrender primary source set"THE END! SURRENDER OF LEE!...", American Citizen, April 12, 1865More 1865 historical newspaper coverage related to Lee's surrenderLee's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre

Today in History–November 18–the Library of Congress features French photography pioneer Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, born on this day in 1789. The daguerreotype was a convenient and effective process which rapidly gained in the United States. Learn more about Daguerre and the daguerreotype by visiting the Today in History section and following the links below.America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1862 This collection consists of more than 725 … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks

The Civil War Glass Negatives collection provides access to about 7,000 views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath, many by Mathew Brady (biographical note) and Alexander Gardner.Taking photographs during the Civil War was a complex, time-consuming process difficult to master in a studio setting and even more difficult when working outdoors.Photographers mixed their own chemicals and prepared their own wet plate glass negatives. … [Read more...]