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U.S. Joint Committee on the Conduct of War portrait photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP135
Identifier: SP135

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three black-and-white photographic prints of Radical Republican members of the U.S. Joint Committee on the Conduct of War during or after the U.S. Civil War, circa 1861-1865. The photographs are copies from the Brady Collection at the National Archives. There is also a photograph of Liberal Republican Carl Schurz.


  • circa 1861-1865, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War was a investigating committee, composed of three senators and four representatives from the U.S. Congress, created to handle issues which arose during the American Civil War. It was established on December 9, 1861, following the Union defeat at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, at the instigation of Senator Zachariah T. Chandler. The original members were Benjamin Wade, John Covode, Daniel Gooch, Andrew Johnson, George W. Julian, and Moses Odell. The committee investigated a number of issues, including medical treatment for wounded soldiers, military contracts, illegal trade with the Confederacy, and lost battles. Chairman Wade and the majority of the committee members were Radical Republicans and used the committee to oppose President Lincoln's more moderate position by endorsing emancipation of enslaved people, the use of Black soldiers, and the appointment of aggressive generals. The committee was disbanded in May 1865.


United States Senate. "Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War." Accessed November 23, 2021.

Wikipedia. "United States Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War." Accessed November 23, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/23 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/23 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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