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Friday exhib: Huntington’s ‘Civil War’

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Today’s Friday exhibition is “A Strange And Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning and Memory in the American Civil War,” a show of more than 200 pictures and other objects from the Huntington’s famed Civil War-related collections. It was curated by the Huntington’s Jennifer Watts and is on view through Jan. 14, 2013. (Watts was a guest on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast. Download the show directly, download/subscribe via iTunes.)

The exhibition is stuffed with still-shocking battlefield pictures, rare pictures of Southern troops and of black troops and remarkable photographs of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train. Many of them are available¬†on the Huntington’s exhibition website in zoom-in-on-able high-resolution.

Unidentified photographer, U.S. Colored Troops, Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, c. 1863. Collection of The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

Jay Dearborn Edwards, Scrapbook 2, page 2 – Photographs by J.D. Edwards depicting Confederate soldiers drilling and at rest near Pensacola, Florida, and environs (detail), c. 1861. Collection of The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

Andrew J. Russell, Soldiers’ Burying Ground, Alexandria, Va., May 1863, 1863. Collection of The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

Ridgway Glover, Dispersing the Crowd at Sixth and Chestnut, Philadelphia, 1865. Collection of The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

Alexander Gardner, Lewis Payne [aka Lewis Powell], One of the Lincoln Conspirators, April 27, 1865. Printed 1890. Collection of The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

Alexander Gardner, Adjusting the Ropes (top); The Drop (bottom) [Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators], July 7, 1865. Collection of The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.

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