We love the rare, candid photos that captured the daily life of the soldiers and leaders of the Civil War.  Here are 20 of our favorite photos, both rare in that they are rarely seen and unique in their quality and detail.

There are many great photos of General Grant from the War, but this may be our favorite.  Here we see the General on the left, cigar in his mouth, with some of his officers on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee after defeating the Confederates in a battle in November, 1863.  


This startling photo shows the 2nd Maine Infantry conducting exercises outside of their camps.  If you look closely, you'll see the men in perfect formation, with bayonets armed.  Hit "Next Photo" to see the rest of the collection...

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20 Stunning Photos from the Civil War