GRAPHIC photographs from the American Civil War capture the death and destruction of the nation's bloodiest conflict.
Harrowing images from the battle, which lasted from 1861-1865, show countless rows of freshly filled graves and dead soldiers slumped in trenches.
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 A wounded soldier is photographed slumped over as he is tended to by a fellow countryman
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 A tightly packed hospital struggles to cope with the amount of injured soldiers they've received
Other pictures show hospitals packed with wounded soldiers, as staff do their best to deal with the hordes of suffering countrymen.
The remarkable shots were captured by renowned Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, who travelled throughout the conflict meeting the war’s key players and collecting photos of the war’s devastating consequences.
The bloody and drawn-out battle led to the untimely deaths of more than 620,000 soldiers.
It's a staggering statistic which comes close to the number of Americans soldiers who have died in all the other wars in which the US has fought combined.
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 One soldier, out of 620,000 who lost their lives, lies dead and slumped in a trench
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 A military camp hospital shows the standard of living that many American soldiers experienced
WHAT WAS THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR?
The Civil War was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, a collection of eleven southern states that left the Union in 1860 and 1861 and formed their own country in order to protect the institution of slavery.
Principally, the war was between the North who wanted a unified country and to abolish slavery, and the South who wanted a confederation of sovereign states with no central governmental control.
Southern states wanted slavery to continue as farm hands and other unpaid labourers formed the backbone of their economy.
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After years of bloodshed, the North eventually triumphed. Three million black slaves were freed and the United States was changed forever more.
The war had seen unprecedented levels of violence, with 10,000 battles and engagements fought across the continent from Vermont to the New Mexico Territory.
One in four soldiers that went to war never returned home.
Roughly two per cent of the country’s population lost their lives.
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 Wounded soldiers lie under trees in Virginia after the battle of Spotsylvania in 1864 where 30,000 casualties were recorded
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 A horse-drawn ambulance arrives on the scene of one battle
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 A dead soldier is photographed in June of 1864. The war would end the following April
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 Another casualty, a young boy, is seen wounded during the conflict
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 More than 10,000 battles were fought across the continent, from Vermont to the New Mexico Territory
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 The National Cemetery suffered an influx of burials as the US had never seen bloodshed on this scale before
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 Dead soldiers are pictured being buried at Fredericksburg, Virginia – a key battleground during the Civil War
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 Two mourners reflect whilst standing beside a soldier's grave
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 More death and decay. Two per cent of the United States population was wiped out because of the war
Mediadrumimages/PublicDomain14 Surgeons stand outside Harewood Hospital in Washington