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Drawing 1: The Henry House, as it appeared soon after the first battle of Manassas. [Graphic] Drawing 1 with link to higher quality drawing.
(Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service)

Photo 1: The Henry House, March 1862. [Graphic] Photo 1 with link to higher quality photo.
(Library of Congress)

The Civil War was the first major event in American history to be extensively recorded by photographers. While newspapers of the day did not have the technology to print photographs, they would often have artists copy the photographs and print the artists' sketches in the newspaper. This gave civilians at home an opportunity to see firsthand the destruction and devastation that war could cause.

Questions for Drawing 1 & Photo 1

1. Drawing 1 and Photo 1 each depict the Henry House at different times shortly following the first battle of Manassas. How might you explain the fact that the house survived the battle but was in ruins by the time Photo 1 was taken?

2. Many times the biggest threat to the civilian population was not the battles themselves, but rather the aftermath, when armies occupied the areas. Why might this have been the case? Why might this house have been destroyed?

3. What impact do you think drawings and photographs from the war had on civilians at the time?

* The images on the screen have a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a high quality version of the Drawing 1, and the Photo 1, but be aware that each file can take as much as 35 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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