Winslow Homer, “The Army of the Potomac– A Sharpshooter on Picket Duty, from Harper’s Weekly, November 15, 1862” wood engraving, Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Allen Evarts Foster, B.A. 1906.
Thomas Eakins, “The Veteran (Portrait of George Reynolds),” 1885, oil on canvas, Bequest of Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903; Augustus Saint-Gaudens bronze sculpture of “Abraham Lincoln,” after an original of 1884-87, reduced 1910, cast 1912, Gift of Allison V. Armour, B.A. 1884. Yale University Art Gallery
Winslow Homer, “In Front of Yorktown,” ca. 1863–66, oil on canvas, Yale Univerity Art Gallery, Gift of Samuel Rossiter Betts, B.A. 1875.
(Left) Matthew Brady’s first photograph of Abraham Lincoln, taken Feb. 27, 1860, the day he delivered his Cooper Union speech; (right) an imperial albumen print of Alexander Gardner's 1863 portrait of Lincoln. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Meserve-Kunhardt Collection.
Alexander Gardner's photograph of Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration. Lincoln stands at the center, delivering his address. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Meserve-Kunhardt Collection.
A letter from Charles Merrill (Class of 1861) to his father, May 14, 1865, noting the capture of Jefferson Davis. Charles Griswold Gurley Merrill Papers (MS 1326). Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.
A folding minor surgical kit with tortoise shell knives, surgical instruments, acupuncture needles, locking forceps, and long sharp-ended instruments. Medical Instrument Collection, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.
Reed B. Bontecou, “Gunshot Wounds Illustrated”: Aaron Detweiler, aged 18, wounded in the battle of Hatcher’s Run; Peter Dubray, aged 21, wounded in the battle of Petersburgh. Historical Medical Photography Collection, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.
(Left) George Ives, the youngest bandmaster in the Union Army, and father of noted composer Charles Ives, Class of 1898. (Right) Ives (far left) at age 17, with the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery Band in City Pt., Virginia, 1862, Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home," (1863) and "All Quiet on the Potomac," (1861), Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
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The Civil War in Yale's collections

Yale’s unparalleled collections of Civil War materials illustrate the complexity of a historical event that ripped the nation apart. The university’s museums and libraries house letters, photographs, maps, sheet music, medical supplies, paintings, sculpture, drawings, decorative arts, and medals. Each provides color and context to a complicated chapter in American history that still reverberates today.
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