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Captured on Camera During the Civil War



Arlington Mill

The use of photography during the Civil War provides primary-source evidence of many a war-wrecked mill. In addition to the iconic silver print of the ravaged brick walls of the Gallego Flour Mills in Richmond, time has also preserved this rare still-frame photo of the oldĀ Arlington Mill.

Built in 1836 by George Washington’s step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, the mill was destroyed by Union troops after the Second Battle of Bull Run, who then used the planks to construct make-shift shelters. For additional photos of mills taken during the War between the North and South, see the Library of Congress Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints collection. Included are Civil War images of Gaines’ Mill, Union Mills, and Jericho Mills of Virginia.


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    The University of Maryland, Baltimore College, is the repository for the Arlington Mill print and the Library of Congress has physical copies of the others. You can click on the hot links in the blog post and scroll down for contact information. The special collections librarians at these institutions can answer questions related to obtaining print images.

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