The oldest photograph of a U.S. President: Remarkable 1843 image of John Quincy Adams. . . that he called 'hideous' This picture of John Quincy Adams was bought for 50 cents in an antique shop. It was taken in 1843
As many people believed The American Civil War (1861-1865) would be over quickly,its earliest battles not taken particularly seriously by civilians.Indeed at battle of Manassas/Bull Run,July 21st 1861,warm Sunday afternoon,a few hundred people,some Senators & wives & families,arrived with picnics to spectate from the sidelines.According to sources,they would "stay far enough away you wouldn’t see any blood" & conceded were going to be some casualties but there [was] supposed to be".