Exhibition: Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals


  • National Portrait Gallery Eighth and F Streets NW Washington, D.C. 20001
John Sedgwick 1813–1864

John Sedgwick 1813–1864

By assembling teams of photographers and securing permission for them to accompany Union forces in the field, Mathew Brady produced an extraordinary visual record of the Civil War. But there was more to his efforts during the war: his New York and Washington galleries did a brisk business creating studio portraits of the ever-changing roster of Union generals. Countless generals and Union officers assuming a new command or receiving a promotion eagerly posed for large-format portraits due to the burgeoning popularity of inexpensive, calling card-size photographs known as cartes de visite.

The exhibition will is view through May 8, 2016.

The National Portrait Gallery is located at Eighth and F Streets, N.W., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station.