Castle Thunder
Original Author: Andrew J. Russell
Created: April 1865
Medium: Albumen silver photographic print
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Castle Thunder (1865)

Union soldiers stand outside Castle Thunder in this photograph taken by Andrew J. Russell in April 1865, shortly after Confederate forces evacuated Richmond. Russell was a famed Civil War and railroad photographer.

A former tobacco warehouse on Richmond's Tobacco Row, Castle Thunder was used as a prison by the Confederates from August 1862 until April 1865. The prison was established to incarcerate political prisoners, Unionists, and deserters, but its use quickly expanded to include women, spies, and African Americans.