150 years after the event of the Civil War, two professional colorists, Jordan Lloyd, 27, from Britain and Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark, have combined their skills to reconstruct some of the most iconic photographs of the American Civil War.
In this article you will find a collection of photographs which have been restored and colorized. One of the photographs which date back as early as 1862 is a shot of President Lincoln at the Battle of Antietam. One of the most famous scenes is of the end of hostilities between Robert E Lee and Ulysses S Grant where Lee surrendered outside the courthouse in Appomattox in Northern Virginia on April 9th, 1069. This surrender marked the end of four years of open hostility between the two men and is a landmark in American history.
The restoration and colorization process of these iconic photographs is by no means an easy feat. The work on one picture can take up to 4 hours! The end result is a completely different perspective on the Civil War.
Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; another view. Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of Antietam, September-October 1862. Date Created/Published: 1862 October 3.
Prisoners of war: This colorized image and its original black and white stenograph taken by Mathew Brady in 1863 on top of Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg from the main eastern theater of the war show three Confederate prisoners
Leader: Brigadier General David Gregg of the re-organized Federal Second Cavalry Division, likely taken shortly before the division suffered considerable losses at the hands of the Confederate Cavalry at the Battle of Aldie, Virginia
Original: Brigadier General David McMurtrie Gregg sitting with his senior staff, taken in June 1862, possibly near Fredericksburg, Virginia, by Mathew Brady
In technicolor: The men’s outfits are rendered in shades of blue in this amazing color version of the original picture
Robert Smalls, S.C. M.C. Born in Beaufort, SC, April 1839. African American legislator.
1865: [Washington Navy Yard, D.C. David E. Herold, a conspirator
Portrait of Maj. Gen. (as of Apr. 15, 1865) George A. Custer, officer of the Federal Army], 1865
Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, officer of the Federal Army, 1860-1865
Portrait of Rear Adm. David D. Porter, officer of the Federal Navy, 1860
Lieutenant General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, one of the most popular Generals of the Confederacy, earned his nickname after his role in the First Battle of Bull Run
Adventures of Mark Twain: Twain served for two weeks in the Confederate Army and attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant before deserting
Major General William Henry Fitzhugh ‘Rooney’ Lee (right), the 6’5, 250lb son of Robert E. Lee
General of the Army, Ulysses S. Grant, Commander of the Union Forces – and a highly-functioning alcoholic
General Braxton Bragg, failed commander of the Confederate armed forces, but a praised hero during the Mexican-American war in which he served with Ulysses S. Grant
Compare: Union Captain Cunningham formed part of Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher’s staff, who commanded the largely Irish contingent during the Civil War
Major General George Armstrong Custer, famed for his last stand at Little Big Horn in 1876
Major General George E. Pickett (right), who led the ill-fated ‘Pickett’s Charge’ at the behest of Robert E. Lee, against whom he bore a grudge for the rest of his life
Legendary: General James Longstreet, a General of the Confederate Forces and right-hand man of Robert E. Lee
Major General George H. Thomas who pulled an arrow out of his own chest during battle
Colorful past: Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley was dismissed from the army after several blunders indirectly related to his alcoholism
Colonel J.B. Duman about whom there is virtually no information apart from this photograph
Brought to life: Lewis Powell (pictured) conspired with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln – Powell’s job was to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, a job at which he failed
High price: Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden, commander of the U.S.S. Monitor was captured and sent to a Confederate prison camp
Edwin Francis Jemison, was a 16-year-old Confederate soldier who died a year after this picture was taken in the Battle of Malvern Hill when he was hit by a cannonball
General Joseph E. Johnston, a legendary General of the Confederacy