The National Archives recently made available 6,000 digitized images online for free. They come from the Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes (National Archives’s Local Identifier 111-B) series. If you aren’t familiar with Brady,
Mathew Brady (1823-1896) was one of the most prolific photographers of the nineteenth century, creating a visual documentation of the Civil War period (1860-1865).
During the Civil War, Brady and his associates traveled throughout the eastern part of the country, capturing the effects of the War through photographs of people, towns, and battlefields. Additionally, Brady kept studios in Washington, DC and New York City, where many influential politicians and war heroes sat for portraits.
While most of the photos are understandably from the post-Early Republic period, I thought you might be interested in seeing individuals such as John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Andrew Jackson, all of whom are located in “Named Subjects.”