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Prominent Unionists

John Snyder Carlile

John S. Carlile is the subject of this portrait, probably made in Washington, D.C., in the mid-nineteenth century. An 1861 article in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer noted that Carlile was "somewhat singular looking, being very sallow and angular in his face, flat on his head, compact and well-knit in his framework."

This image is part of the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection combines the work of Mathew B. Brady and his nephew Levin D. Handy, who ran several photographic studios in Washington, D.C. The majority of the negatives are portraits taken during and after the Civil War, but the collection also includes views of Washington, D.C.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: 1855–1865

Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

John Minor Botts and Family

John Minor Botts, center, sits on the front porch of his Culpeper County residence, Auburn, in September 1863. The photographer, Timothy H. O'Sullivan, took a series of photographs of Botts, an ardent Unionist, and his family at their home during the Civil War.

Original Author: Timothy H. O'Sullivan

Created: September 1863

Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Elizabeth Van Lew

Elizabeth Van Lew sits in profile for this albumen silver carte-de-visite portrait made by Philadelphia photographer A. J. De Morat.

Original Author: A. J. De Morat

Created: Second-half nineteenth century

Medium: Albumen silver carte-de-visite

Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

Waitman T. Willey

Waitman T. Willey is the subject of this glass-plate photographic portrait. Scratched into the negative at upper left (and appearing in reverse) is the identification "Sen Willy." Willey served as a U.S. senator from the Restored government of Virginia from 1861 to 1863, and as one of the first two U.S. senators from the newly formed West Virginia from 1863 to 1871.

This image is part of the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection combines the work of Mathew B. Brady and his nephew Levin D. Handy, who ran several photographic studios in Washington, D.C. The majority of the negatives are portraits taken during and after the Civil War, but the collection also includes views of Washington, D.C.

Original Author: Brady-Handy Collection

Created: ca. 1860–1875

Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Moncure Conway

Moncure Conway is the subject of this mid-nineteenth-century oil portrait that hangs in his Falmouth home. The Moncure Conway House is currently a museum dedicated to the author, minister, and abolitionist.

Original Author: Unknown artist; photograph by Norman Schools

Created: ca. 1860

Medium: Oil on canvas

Courtesy of Moncure Conway Foundation

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  • John Snyder Carlile

    John S. Carlile is the subject of this portrait, probably made in Washington, D.C., in the mid-nineteenth century. An 1861 article in the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer noted that Carlile was "somewhat singular looking, being very sallow and angular in his face, flat on his head, compact and well-knit in his framework."

    This image is part of the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection combines the work of Mathew B. Brady and his nephew Levin D. Handy, who ran several photographic studios in Washington, D.C. The majority of the negatives are portraits taken during and after the Civil War, but the collection also includes views of Washington, D.C.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: 1855–1865

    Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • John Minor Botts and Family

    John Minor Botts, center, sits on the front porch of his Culpeper County residence, Auburn, in September 1863. The photographer, Timothy H. O'Sullivan, took a series of photographs of Botts, an ardent Unionist, and his family at their home during the Civil War.

    Original Author: Timothy H. O'Sullivan

    Created: September 1863

    Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • Elizabeth Van Lew

    Elizabeth Van Lew sits in profile for this albumen silver carte-de-visite portrait made by Philadelphia photographer A. J. De Morat.

    Original Author: A. J. De Morat

    Created: Second-half nineteenth century

    Medium: Albumen silver carte-de-visite

    Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

  • Waitman T. Willey

    Waitman T. Willey is the subject of this glass-plate photographic portrait. Scratched into the negative at upper left (and appearing in reverse) is the identification "Sen Willy." Willey served as a U.S. senator from the Restored government of Virginia from 1861 to 1863, and as one of the first two U.S. senators from the newly formed West Virginia from 1863 to 1871.

    This image is part of the Brady-Handy Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. The collection combines the work of Mathew B. Brady and his nephew Levin D. Handy, who ran several photographic studios in Washington, D.C. The majority of the negatives are portraits taken during and after the Civil War, but the collection also includes views of Washington, D.C.

    Original Author: Brady-Handy Collection

    Created: ca. 1860–1875

    Medium: Wet collodion glass-plate negative

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

  • Moncure Conway

    Moncure Conway is the subject of this mid-nineteenth-century oil portrait that hangs in his Falmouth home. The Moncure Conway House is currently a museum dedicated to the author, minister, and abolitionist.

    Original Author: Unknown artist; photograph by Norman Schools

    Created: ca. 1860

    Medium: Oil on canvas

    Courtesy of Moncure Conway Foundation