Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Civil War in Color: 31 Stunning Colorized Photos That Brings the American Civil War Alive


The Civil War comes alive as never before in this extraordinary collection of colorized photographs from the era. Not only does it feature portraits of famous leaders and ordinary soldiers but also vignettes of American life during the conflict: scenes from urban and plantation life; destroyed cities; contested battlefields.

Here, TIME commissioned Sanna Dullaway, a photo editor based in Sweden, to colorize some of the most iconic images of the Civil War. The end result, which can take up to three hours to achieve per picture, offers a novel and contemporary perspective to history.

Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, & Maj.Gen McClernand; at the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, Sept-Oct 1862

Surgeons of the 3rd Division before hospital tent in Petersburg, Va., Aug. 1864.

John L. Burns, the "old hero of Gettysburg," with gun and crutches in Gettysburg, Penn., July, 1863.

Washington, District of Columbia. Tent life of the 31st Penn. Inf. at Queen's farm, vicinity of Fort Slocum in Washington, DC, 1861.

Allan Pinkerton ("E. J. Allen") of the Secret Service on horseback in Antietam, Md., Oct. 1862.

Cock fighting at Gen. Orlando B. Willcox's headquarters in Petersburg, Va., 1864.

Camp of Captain [John J.] Hoff., in Gettysburg, Penn., July, 1865

African American legislator Robert Smalls of South Carolina.

Portrait of Rear Adm. David D. Porter, officer of the Federal Navy, 1860.

Portrait of Maj. Gen. George A. Custer, officer of the Federal Army, 1865.

Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, 1863.

President Lincoln on the battlefield

President Lincoln and Gen. George B. McClellan in the general's tent, Antietam, Md., Sept. - Oct. 1862.

Capt. Custer of the 5th Cavalry is seen with Lt. Washington, a prisoner and former classmate.

 Officer's mess, Company E, 93rd New York Volunteers, in Bealeton, Va., Aug., 1863

Three Confederate prisoners in Gettysburg, Penn., June-July, 1863.

Dead on battlefield at 1st Bull Run, 1862-1865

Dead Confederate sharpshooter at foot of Little Round Top on the battlefield at Gettysburg, July, 1863

Remembering the dead at Sudley Church near Bull Run, Va. March 1862.

A surgical photo from the Surgeon General's War Department shows an injured soldier with both arms amputated.

Powder boy by gun of U.S.S. New Hampshire off the coast of Charleston, S.C., 1860.

Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform with wife and two daughters, 1863-1865.

Mary Todd Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln in a reflective pose, in Washington, DC, May 16, 1861.

Lewis Payne, a conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln, in the Washington Navy Yard, April-July 1865.

David E. Herold, a conspirator in the assassination of President Lincoln, in the Washington Navy Yard, April-July 1865.

Frederick Douglass

Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, officer of the Federal Army, 1860-1865.

The staff of Gen. Fitz-John Porter, Lieutenant William G. Jones and George A. Custer reclining at Falmouth, Va., 1863

Soldiers bathing near the ruins of a railroad bridge, North Anna River, Va, May, 1864.

Alfred R. Waud, artist of Harper's Weekly, sketching on battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn., July 1863.

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