Thanks to Mathew Brady and his team of photographers, there is an excellent photographic record of the Civil War. It is interesting to note, however, that the American Civil War was not the first war to be photographed. The first war to be photographed was the Crimean war in the 1850's. The photographs were typically portraits in camp, and did not show the graphic battle scenes found in the Mathew Brady collection. The photograph above was taken in 1855, and shows one of the Crimean War photographers with his photography wagon.