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Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals

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Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals photo
National Portrait Gallery
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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, May 25, 2012

The commemoration of the Civil War marches on, but one of the many exhibitions marking the conflict’s sesquicentennial is falling out this week. On Thursday, the National Portrait Gallery will close “Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals.”

Shot by the most renowned photographer of the era, the studio portraits are small and probably of most interest to Civil War buffs. But the show -- whose subjects range from the unfamiliar to the famous -- does boast some psychologically revealing faces, including those of Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman.