Union veterans and supporters at the 50th Reunion of the battle, held in Gettysburg in 1913. The National Photo Company news service posed a striking Grand Army of the Republic group from Indiana (LOC)

A photograph shows the area of the Confederate assault on Cemetery Hill not long after the Union battery repulsed the fierce attack by the Louisiana Tigers (LOC)

During the battle, special artists sketched action scenes for publication in illustrated newspapers that reached a wide audience. Alfred Waud, shown here, was one of the best and drew the next two pictures while working for "Harper's Weekly" (LOC)

On the second day of battle, news artist Alfred Waud portrayed a major Confederate attack by the Louisiana Tigers at Cemetery Hill (LOC)

Confederate veterans at the 50th Reunion of the battle, held in Gettysburg in 1913. The National Photo Company news service posed a group from North Carolina with their Tar Heel banner (LOC)

"The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1-3, 1863, at a small town in Pennsylvania. With an estimated 50,000 Confederate and Union casualties, the battle was a major turning point in the American Civil War." reads the introduction of the Library of Congress‘s latest set Gettysburg.

The set shows the works of photographers and other artists telling the story of the battle. You will find photos from Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan, the Tyson Brothers, and Carol M. Highsmith as well as drawings by Alfred R. Waud, the newspaper artist who was on the scene for the whole battle.

As always, we invite you to comment on and tag the photos to expand the Library of Congress’ catalogue with your knowledge, helping to make these photographic treasures become even more accessible to future generations. Maybe you even have photos from the site that you can pair with the historical views – to leave one of your photos in the comments, simply copy its URL and paste it in square brackets – [URL] – into the comment text.

The Library of Congress has also added new portraits to their Civil War Faces set. If you’d like to see more photos related to Gettysburg, take a look at some other Commons member’s photos.

Tip: While you’re busy helping our Commons institutions, why not check out your own photos and see which ones you could enrich by adding some tags to them?

Photos from The Library of Congress.

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