Friday, November 6, 2015

The Civil War in Color – 28 Stunning Colorized Photos That Bring American Civil War Alives As Never Seen Before

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.

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

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

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

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

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

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

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

David Knox—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: David Knox—Library of Congress

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

William Morris Smith—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: William Morris Smith—Library of Congress

8. African American legislator Robert Smalls of South Carolina.

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

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

Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

11. Portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, 1863.

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

12. President Lincoln on the battlefield.

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

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

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Timothy H. O'Sullivan—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Timothy H. O'Sullivan—Library of Congress

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

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

George N. Barnard—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: George N. Barnard—Library of Congress

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

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

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

Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Alexander Gardner—Library of Congress

22. Frederick Douglass

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Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

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

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Library of Congress

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

Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

26. Mary Todd Lincoln

Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Mathew Brady—Library of Congress

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

Timothy H. O'Sullivan—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Timothy H. O'Sullivan—Library of Congress

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

Timothy H. O'Sullivan—Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME; Original image: Timothy H. O'Sullivan—Library of Congress

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