Remembering the American Civil War, 150 Years later
One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac at the Appomattox Court House in northern Virginia.
The concession and subsequent breakdown of the fighting of the Eastern Theater marked the end of the Civil War that divided the United States for more than four years and killed 620,000 Americans.
During that bloody and brutal era, the American public was exposed to photos of war for the first time. Here, we look back at some of the most iconic images made by some of the most iconic photographers: Alexander Gardner, George N. Barnard, Timothy H. O’Sullivan and Thomas C. Roche.