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Confederate dead of General Ewell's Corps who attacked the Union lines at the Battle of Spotsylvania, May 19, 1864

Civil War Photos - 549. Bodies of Confederate Soldiers Killed on July 1, Collected Near the McPherson Woods - Gettysburg, PA, July 1863

Vicksburg, MS

Shiloh National Military Park, south of Savannah, Tennessee - The monument marks where a huge Oak tree was that General Grant bedded down for the nite, refusing General's quarters so that he could be with his men. Now so quiet, hard to believe such carnage took place there. ck

Syria: The story of the conflict

BBC News: The Story of the Syrian Conflict. Pro-democracy protests erupted in March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa after the arrest and torture of some teenagers who painted revolutionary slogans on a school wall. After security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing several, more took to the streets.

Matthew Brady was the original war-time photographer. His images of the Civil War brought home the carnage in a way the public had never before seen. Our country was awash in the blood of half a million Americans for 4 years, and Brady commemorated the whole mess, from the Generals on their warhorses to the soldiers blown apart on the battlefields. His imagery brought home the horror in a way nothing before had, and set a high standard for many years to come.