Many Civil War-era images can be found in the Collections Online database. Among them are images of prominent figures of the period:
- President Abraham Lincoln
- General Ulysses S. Grant
- General William Tecumseh Sherman
- General Philip Sheridan
- Alexander Ramsey, Henry Sibley, Ignatius Donnelly, Willis Gorman and other Minnesotans
To browse Civil War images, follow the links below to Collections Online queries:
The Whitney Collection (Reserve Album 37) contains studio portraits in the style known as "carte-de-visite": small portraits, usually 4 x 2 1/2 inches, popular in the middle of the 19th century as calling cards and souvenirs. This collection includes images of many Minnesota soldiers made at the Whitney Gallery in St. Paul. Its inventory is arranged by regiment, company, and name of individual. You can find duplicates of these images in the portrait collection via the portrait catalog under the name of the individual.
The Society's Fine Arts Collection contains other Civil War images as well as graphic depictions of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. The paintings of Minnesota regiments that hang in the State Capitol and some of the other images are available as poster reproductions. Others are available as copy photographic prints, slides, or color transparencies.