The Civil War in COLOR for the first time: Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America that recreate era in amazing detail
Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era.
British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen’s subreddit ‘Colorized History’.
Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques.
Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated by all the images that emerged from the conflict.
‘I love the fact that you can see veins in the eyes of humans born over 200 years ago as clear as day,’ Madsen told MailOnline.
With amazing attention to detail, the pictures that Lloyd and Madsen have rendered in color paint a picture of the era and its characters, heroes and villains.
Regard the face of Major General George Armstrong Custer – who was reportedly so enamored of himself that he would wear his own personalized uniform that displayed the same ‘Austrian Knots’ that the Confederates used, a bright red cravat, and underneath his shirt, a sailor shirt with his rank stars sewn on, even in the presence of officers of superior rank.
Custer’s flamboyance was much noted in his time, and his arrogance may be explained by the fact that he was a fearless leader who was promoted to General at the tender age of 24.
His demise in 1876, which would become known as Custer’s Last Stand, was due to the failure of his fellow commanders and not for lack of Custer’s courage.
The distinguished gray beard of General Braxton Bragg denotes his age and experience as a commander, but it’s difficult to see the humor in his black eyes – though according to reports, he was something of an eccentric.
At one time, he was a company commander and a company quartermaster simultaneously – meaning he had to get permission from himself for certain things. He made a written request as company commander for something he wanted to himself as quartermaster. As quartermaster, he denied himself the request with an official reason in writing. As commander, he argued with himself for his request, but as quartermaster he had ultimate say and denied himself.
Bragg finally went to the post commander for resolution to his odd problem who allegedly said, ‘My God, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself!’
See more of Lloyd and Madsen’s amazing work at Photo Chopshop and Colorized History.
War heroes: General Robert E. Lee (left) was anti-slavery but a commander-in-chief of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia; Lieutenant General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson (right), one of the most popular Generals of the Confederacy, earned his nickname after his role in the First Battle of Bull Run
True colors: Union Naval Captain Wright (left); and Major General William Henry Fitzhugh ‘Rooney’ Lee (right), the 6’5, 250lb son of Robert E. Lee
Lending color: General of the Army, Ulysses S. Grant (left), Commander of the Union Forces – and a highly-functioning alcoholic; and General Braxton Bragg (right), failed commander of the Confederate armed forces, but a praised hero during the Mexican-American war in which he served with Ulysses S. Grant
Compare: Union Captain Cunningham formed part of Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher’s staff, who commanded the largely Irish contingent during the Civil War
Colored in: Major General George Armstrong Custer (left), famed for his last stand at Little Big Horn in 1876; and Major General George E. Pickett (right), who led the ill-fated ‘Pickett’s Charge’ at the behest of Robert E. Lee, against whom he bore a grudge for the rest of his life
Legendary: General James Longstreet (left), a General of the Confederate Forces and right-hand man of Robert E. Lee; and Major General George H. Thomas (right) who pulled an arrow out of his own chest during battle
Colorful past: Brigadier General Henry Hopkins Sibley (left) was dismissed from the army after several blunders indirectly related to his alcoholism; and Colonel J.B. Duman (right) about whom there is virtually no information apart from this photograph
High price: Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden (left), commander of the U.S.S. Monitor was captured and sent to a Confederate prison camp; and Edwin Francis Jemison (right), was a 16-year-old Confederate soldier who died a year after this picture was taken in the Battle of Malvern Hill when he was hit by a cannonball