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See how America once looked in these early photos

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 37: The 1860s were a turbulent time and though plenty of paintings show the devastation of the Civil War (1861–1865), it's even more visceral when captured in a photograph. Charleston was pivotal during the conflict as Union and Confederate forces struggled for power: ultimately Union troops blitzed the Southern city and a fire ripped through it in 1861. A pair of men are pictured amid the wreckage in this photo from the early 1860s.

Civil War damage in Charleston, South Carolina

The 1860s were a turbulent time and though plenty of paintings show the devastation of the Civil War (1861–1865), it's even more visceral when captured in a photograph. Charleston was pivotal during the conflict as Union and Confederate forces struggled for power: ultimately Union troops blitzed the Southern city and a fire ripped through it in 1861. A pair of men are pictured amid the wreckage in this photo from the early 1860s.
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