When James Gardner took this photo of the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia in 1864, the place was in ruins. The image appeared in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War. (Image courtesy of the Eastman House)
There were no action photos in the 1860s, but the stunning images that men like Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and others captured during the Civil War more than enlightened the home front about the horrors of those four tragic years. “Between the States: Photographs From the American Civil War,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, opened Saturday and runs through May 13 at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.