Nothing Civil About a Civil War

Day 105 of Colourisation Project – August 20

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

On this day, August 20, 1866, President Andrew Johnson signed a Proclamation—Declaring that Peace, Order, Tranquility, and Civil Authority Now Exists in and Throughout the Whole of the United States of America. It cited the end of the insurrection in Texas, and declared

          “… that the insurrection which heretofore existed in the State of Texas is at an end and is to be henceforth so regarded in that State as in the other States before named in which the said insurrection was proclaimed to be at an end by the aforesaid proclamation of the 2nd day of April, 1866.

         And I do further proclaim that the said insurrection is at an end and that peace, order, tranquility, and civil authority now exist in and throughout the whole of the United States of America.”

Andrew Johnson Bef & Aft

Photo: Mathew Brady – Andrew Johnson c 1875 – Coloured by Loredana Crupi

The human cost of the Civil War, including the killing of President Abraham Lincoln far exceeded anyone’s expectations. The magnitude of lives lost and men maimed has not been equalled since by any other American conflict in American history. In fact, the Civil War holds the dubious distinction of having the highest number of American deaths of any war in American history including World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War combined.

It has been estimated that one in four Civil War soldiers never came home. Four years of bloody combat destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure and resulted in approximately 1,030,000 casualties (3% of the population), including about 620,000 soldier deaths—two-thirds by disease, and 50,000 civilians.*


“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”   ― Plato

 *  The Price in Blood – Casualties in the Civil War


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