19th Century Photographs

I have been searching for an elusive picture of Ebenezer Allen for my biography on Republic of Texas and State of Texas attorney general. Alas, so far my search has come up empty.

During my efforts, I discovered numerous sources of historic images. The best site is the Library of Congress Digital Collection.   The Brady-Handy Collection offers images from L. C. Handy and Mathew Brady.  The Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints collection is another worthy source with over 7,000 images.


This is a photograph of members of the West Point class of 1860 at Harrison’s Landing taken by Alexander Gardner in August 1862 during the Peninsular Campaign.


This is an image of the Naval monument at Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.


General Grant’s staff at City Point, VA in March 1865.

These are just a few of the thousand prints. Lastly, two generals who met untimely deaths: Lt. Gen. Thomas Jackson and Maj. Gen. George Custer.

About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written six books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", Preparing for Disunion, and Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. He taught classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and given presentations at Civil War Roundtables.
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