War of the Nations, 1919

French Who Said at Verdun: "They Shall Not Pass!" (LOC)Woodrow Wilson, Twenty-Eighth President of the United States (LOC)Newton D. Baker, United States Secretary of War (LOC)General John J. Pershing, Commander In Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces (LOC)Alert to Guard Their Comrades Against (LOC)German Infantry and Artillery Units in Action (LOC)
When the Mighty Invasion Swept Over The Border (LOC)Tense Moments While Awaiting Orders to Charge (LOC)When England Came to the Help of Invaded Belgium (LOC)On Their Way to the Battlefields of the World War (LOC)Hearty Welcome to the Gallant Troops That Wear His Country's Uniform (LOC)Hapless Towns Lying Directly In the Track of War (LOC)
Cavalry Action Before Trench Fighting Began (LOC)Withdrawing After Courageous Fighting Against Overwhelming Odds (LOC)Crumbling Of Belgian Forts Before Huge Artillery (LOC)Huge Siege Guns of the Central Powers Used in the Smashing of Forts (LOC)River Warfare on the Numerous French Waterways (LOC)Gigantic British Gun Used to Check German Advance (LOC)
Belgians Fighting Doggedly Against Great Odds (LOC)Long Trains Of Supplies Accompanying the German Armies in Belgium (LOC)Terrific Pounding Of German Lines by British Howitzers in the Battle of the Somme in 1917 (LOC)Building Shelters For Use As Winter Quarters (LOC)Noonday Rest with Arms Stacked and Equipment Thrown From Weary Shoulders (LOC)Where Snowclad Peaks Stand Against the Sky Line (LOC)

In remembrance of the Union and Confederate soldiers who served in the American Civil War (1861-1865), the Liljenquist Family recently donated their rare collection of almost 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress. NOTE (2012): The collection has grown with new donations, including many soldiers with names and also Confederates.

Most of the people and photographers are unidentified, and we’d love to learn more about them. Please let us know if you recognize a face from your family, a regiment, or a photographer’s painted studio backdrop! You can read some of the personal stories that did survive in notes found with the photo cases.

These fascinating photographs represent the impact of the war, which involved many young enlisted men and the deaths of more than 600,000 soldiers. The photos feature details that enhance their interest, including horses, drums, muskets, rifles, revolvers, hats and caps, canteens, and a guitar. Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits with families, women, and girls and boys.

Group portraits also feature interesting poses, including soldiers with each others’ cigars.