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Library of Congress needs your help

–identify these Civil War soldiers.

by Library Congress Flickr:

In remembrance of the Union and Confederate soldiers who served in the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Liljenquist Family recently donated their rare collection of almost 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress.

Most of the people and photographers are unidentified, and we’d love to learn more about them. Please let us know if you recognize a face from your family, a regiment, or a photographer’s painted studio backdrop! You can read some of the personal stories that did survive in notesfound with the photo cases.

These fascinating photographs represent the impact of the war, which involved manyyoung enlisted men and the deaths of more than 600,000 soldiers. The photos feature details that enhance their interest, including horses, drums, muskets, rifles, revolvers, hats and caps, canteens, and a guitar. Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits with families, women, and girls and boys.

Library Congress Flickr

It’s like one big game of Guess Who? Civil War edition

Can you guess who? Check out the link above for more pictures.

Talk about brothers in arms. This one's from between 1861 and 1865.

This serious young fellow posed between 1861 and 1865. Yup, that's a Lincoln campaign button on the left side of the case.

This photo of a dapper African American Union soldier with a rifle and revolver was taken at Benton Barracks in Saint Louis, Missouri, sometime between 1863 and 1865.