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Civil War 150th Anniversary I Photos

Civilian and military leaders

2011 marked the beginning of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a defining event in American and world history. The conflict still generates significant interest among Americans, which can be seen in the excitement for various sesquicentennial events planned for the next four years. The Civil War was the first conflict to see the widespread use of photography, a medium which was put to use to document many different aspects of the war. Matthew Brady, some of whose photographs can be seen in this gallery, is considered the father of photojournalism, and many of his photos will feature prominently in the series of stories and photo galleries we will be running to commemorate the anniversary over the coming four years.

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Steven Hoarn is the Editor/Photo Editor for Defense Media Network. He is a graduate of...