1861 Winter Quarters in Photographs

This week I searched for images of Civil War winter quarters in the online Library of Congress catalog, and here are a few of the results. I think it’s especially interesting to look at the types of shelters and the activities the soldiers were doing or paused doing for the photographs.

Most of the photos in this post focus on the photographic evidence of the camps in Northern Virginia during the winter of 1861-1862. The snug cabins in the images were probably some of the best constructed during the war. Photographs and sketches of winter shelters in the later years of the war usually do not appear as sturdy or elaborate.

Building winter quarters, 1861; appears to be Federals.

Confederate winter quarters, 1861-1862 near Centerville, Virginia

Another view of Confederate winter quarters near Centerville, Virginia. Probably 1861-1862.

Winter Quarters at Centreville, Virginia. Note the wood “sidewalks” to avoid sinking in the mud.

Log cabin winter quarters, near Manassas. Probably Confederate.

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, editor, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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1 Response to 1861 Winter Quarters in Photographs

  1. Paul Scott says:

    Excellent group of photos of winter camps. Thanks Sarah, Paul Scott

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