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Our Mothers' Sons: Portrait Photography and Civil War Memory

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In the 1860s, thousands of men walked with death in the United States’ most consuming conflict,the Civil War. Facing rampant death and destruction, soldiers attempted to preserve a record oftheir presence and service through the creation of portrait photographs. These portraits, depictingimages of steely-eyed young men and grinning boys, are now ubiquitous. However, the evolutionof the photographs’ use and curation has impacted perceptions of Civil War memory andhistory. Our Mothers’ Sons: Portrait Photography and Civil War Memoryexplores this relationship between portrait photography... Read more