The Civil War in COLOR for the First Time

Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America that recreate era in amazing detail

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Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. 

British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen’s subreddit ‘Colorized History’. 

Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques. 

Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated by all the images that emerged from the conflict. 

‘I love the fact that you can see veins in the eyes of humans born over 200 years ago as clear as day,’ Madsen told MailOnline.

With amazing attention to detail, the pictures that Lloyd and Madsen have rendered in color paint a picture of the era and its characters, heroes and villains. 

Regard the face of Major General George Armstrong Custer – who was reportedly so enamored of himself that he would wear his own personalized uniform that displayed the same ‘Austrian Knots’ that the Confederates used, a bright red cravat, and underneath his shirt, a sailor shirt with his rank stars sewn on, even in the presence of officers of superior rank.

Custer’s flamboyance was much noted in his time, and his arrogance may be explained by the fact that he was a fearless leader who was promoted to General at the tender age of 24.

His demise in 1876, which would become known as Custer’s Last Stand, was due to the failure of his fellow commanders and not for lack of Custer’s courage.

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