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21 Colorized Photos So Vivid They'll Change How You See the Civil War 

Kellen Perry
Updated June 26, 2020 2.7M views 21 items

If you're a history buff looking to get your mind blown a little, Reddit's ColorizedHistory subreddit is the place to be. The forum is dedicated to sharing original, high-quality colorized photographs of historical black-and-white images. The colorized Civil War photos over at r/ColorizedHistory - largely done by a user called zuzahin - pack a major wallop. 

There's something incredibly affecting about taking grainy, black-and-white Civil War photos from the 1860s and making them look like they're from the 1960s. It sounds silly, but you find yourself caring a lot more about the subjects in the photographs when the blood is returned to their faces and their world actually begins to resemble ours. It almost feels like time travel.

Lincoln Meets With General McClellan, Antietam, October 3, 1862
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Photo:  zuzahin/reddit
Artillery Officers, Fair Oaks, VA, June 1862
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Photo: Pinterest/Fair Use
Soldier Next To Sling Cart, Drewry's Bluff, VA, C. 1865
Soldier Next To Sling Ca... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 21 Colorized Photos So Vivid They'll Change How You See the Civil War
Photo: Pinterest/Fair Use
Powder Monkey, Charleston, SC, 1865
Powder Monkey, Charlesto... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Colorized Photos So Vivid They'll Change How You See the Civil War
Photo: Pinterest/Fair Use