With the Radical Republicans fully in control of Congress after the mid-term elections of 1866, they quickly passed the Military Reconstruction Acts of 1867. These acts divided the south into five military districts. Each district was placed under military leadership and new elections were held with voting only allowed by Congress' approved voters, which were mostly former slaves. Each state was also required to ratify the 13th and 14th Amendments after drafting new state constitutions.
On December Congressman Josiah Walls born. He was one of the first African Americans in the United States Congress elected during the Reconstruction Era and the first black Congressman to represent the state of Florida.
In 1861, when the Civil War began, Brady sent his Washington photographers out into the field, in part to acquire portraits of military leaders. Later, both Brady and Gardner claimed credit for photographing the war in all its phases. In fact, countless photographers followed the army, though most were only interested in the profits that came from making portraits for soldiers to send back home.
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