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Civil War photographs

Long shutter-speeds were required to take photographs during the Civil War which meant photographers often required subjects to pose for shots or they captured distant subjects that made any subject blurring less noticeable. Exposures could be as long as 10-30 seconds.

In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, unidentified men sit at a table at the noncommissioned officers' mess of Company D, 93rd New York Infantry, Union Army, in Beatleton, Va., August 1863, during the Civil War. (AP Photo/Library of Congress/Timothy H. O'Sullivan)


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