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The Creepiest, Most Haunting Photos Of The Civil War

List RulesVote up the most unnerving 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 conflict 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?

  • 1

    African American Men Collecting Bones, Cold Harbor, VA, April 1865

    Photo: John Reekie, compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Is this haunting?
  • 2

    Skulls At The Battle Of The Wilderness, VA, 1864

    Photo: Possibly G.O. Brown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Is this haunting?
  • 3

    Four Soldiers At Little Round Top, Gettysburg, July 1863 

    Photo: Alexander Gardner / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Is this haunting?
  • 4

    Embalming, Location Unknown, 1860s

    Photo: Civil War Glass Negatives / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Is this haunting?