“The Visual Culture of The American Civil War” is a two-week college and university faculty institute for thirty participants on the visual culture of the American Civil War. Scholars associated with the American Social History Project at the City University of New York (ASHP-CUNY) lead this institute. Historical images—contemporary photographs, paintings, and ephemera (illustrated newspapers, political cartoons, sheet music covers, etc.) —are used to illuminate how the war was recorded and presented and how visual media expressed and shaped America’s understanding on both sides of the conflict. Presenters in week one include historians Bruce Levine (University of Illinois, Urbana) on the study of visual culture; Martha Sandweiss (Princeton University) on photography; Alice Fahs (University of California, Irvine) on the visual landscape of the Civil War era; Joshua Brown (ASHP-CUNY) on illustrated newspapers as visual reportage; Peter H. Wood (Duke University) on selected wartime and Reconstruction paintings; and art historian Deborah Willis (New York University) on early images of African Americans. In week two, historian Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine) discusses Civil War medical images; independent scholar Robert Samuel West explores commentary through the political cartoon; historian Jeanie Attie (Long Island University) and graphic arts curator Georgia Barnhill (American Antiquarian Society) consider pictorial ephemera, and art historian Kirk Savage (University of Pittsburgh) discusses shaping the memory of the Civil War through late nineteenth-century public sculpture and monuments. Readings include Louis P. Masur, The Civil War: A Concise History; Peter H. Wood, Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War; Alan Trachtenberg, Reading American Photographs: Matthew Brady to Walker Evans; and Deborah Willis, Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photograph.