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The Creepiest, Most Haunting Photos Of The Civil War  

Melissa Sartore
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List Rules Vote up the most unnerving Civil War photographs.

As photography developed during the Civil War period, photographers captured the conflict, confusion, and harsh realities of war - and offered a glimpse into the intangible damage it did to the American psyche.

Some of the most haunting Civil War photographs capture the human responses to war and its aftermath. Other photos reveal the devastation on the battlefield itself. And then there are the images that depict the unmerciful new reality for soldiers and non-combatants alike. Put yourself in these photos, and it's genuinely unsettling. Which ones haunt you the most?

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African American Men Collecting Bones, Cold Harbor, VA, April 1865
African American Men Collectin... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Creepiest, Most Haunting Photos Of The Civil War
Photo: John Reekie, compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Skulls At The Battle Of The Wilderness, VA, 1864
Skulls At The Battle Of The Wi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Creepiest, Most Haunting Photos Of The Civil War
Photo: Possibly G.O. Brown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Four Soldiers At Little Round Top, Gettysburg, July 1863 
Four Soldiers At Little Round ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Creepiest, Most Haunting Photos Of The Civil War
Photo: Alexander Gardner/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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4
Embalming During The Civil War, Location Unknown, 1860s
Embalming During The Civil War... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Creepiest, Most Haunting Photos Of The Civil War
Photo: Civil War Glass Negatives/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Is this haunting?