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U.S. Christian Commission

U.S. Christian Commission Envelope

A Civil War–era envelope provided by the U.S. Christian Commission contains a soldier's letter to Mrs. Kate Halloway of Pennsylvania—presumably a loved one from home. The envelope is imprinted with an image of a carrier pigeon and the tag line, "The U.S. Christian Commission sends this as the soldier's messenger to his home. Let it hasten to those who wait for tidings."

Original Author: U.S. Christian Commission

Created: Between 1861 and 1863

Medium: Envelope

Courtesy of Library of Congress

Headquarters Christian Commission in the Field, Germantown

A photograph taken in September 1863 shows a field camp set up by members of the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to Union soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. The photographer on the scene was James Gardner, but the image was later printed by his brother, Alexander Gardner, who used it in his two-volume book Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War (1866).

Original Author: Negative by James Gardner; positive print by Alexander Gardner

Created: September 1863; print made ca. 1866

Medium: Albumen print

Courtesy of Library of Congress

U.S. Christian Commission in Washington, D.C.

A group of men, women, and children—including several Union soldiers with missing limbs—stand before the Washington, D.C., office of the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to Union soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. This image was made by an unknown photographer in April 1865.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: April 1865

Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Group in Front of U.S. Christian Commission Storehouse

A group stands in front of a storehouse for the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to Union soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. This photograph was taken in Washington, D.C., by an unknown photographer in April 1865.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: April 1865

Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

Courtesy of Library of Congress

Headquarters of the U.S. Christian Commission in Richmond

A large group of men, women, and children—a number of them African Americans in Union uniforms—stand in front of the Richmond headquarters of the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. This photograph was taken by an unknown photographer in April 1865, after city had fallen to Union troops.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: April 1865

Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph

Courtesy of Library of Congress

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  • U.S. Christian Commission Envelope

    A Civil War–era envelope provided by the U.S. Christian Commission contains a soldier's letter to Mrs. Kate Halloway of Pennsylvania—presumably a loved one from home. The envelope is imprinted with an image of a carrier pigeon and the tag line, "The U.S. Christian Commission sends this as the soldier's messenger to his home. Let it hasten to those who wait for tidings."

    Original Author: U.S. Christian Commission

    Created: Between 1861 and 1863

    Medium: Envelope

    Courtesy of Library of Congress

  • Headquarters Christian Commission in the Field, Germantown

    A photograph taken in September 1863 shows a field camp set up by members of the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to Union soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. The photographer on the scene was James Gardner, but the image was later printed by his brother, Alexander Gardner, who used it in his two-volume book Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War (1866).

    Original Author: Negative by James Gardner; positive print by Alexander Gardner

    Created: September 1863; print made ca. 1866

    Medium: Albumen print

    Courtesy of Library of Congress

  • U.S. Christian Commission in Washington, D.C.

    A group of men, women, and children—including several Union soldiers with missing limbs—stand before the Washington, D.C., office of the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to Union soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. This image was made by an unknown photographer in April 1865.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: April 1865

    Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • Group in Front of U.S. Christian Commission Storehouse

    A group stands in front of a storehouse for the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to Union soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. This photograph was taken in Washington, D.C., by an unknown photographer in April 1865.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: April 1865

    Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

    Courtesy of Library of Congress

  • Headquarters of the U.S. Christian Commission in Richmond

    A large group of men, women, and children—a number of them African Americans in Union uniforms—stand in front of the Richmond headquarters of the U.S. Christian Commission, an organization devoted to offering spiritual comfort and supplies to soldiers and sailors during the Civil War. This photograph was taken by an unknown photographer in April 1865, after city had fallen to Union troops.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: April 1865

    Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative; one half of stereograph

    Courtesy of Library of Congress