Civil War Sketch Book

Civil War Sketch Book

Drawings From the Battlefront

Book - 2012
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In an era before photography could capture the excitement and drama of battle, illustrators known as "Special Artists"- among them such celebrated draftsmen as Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast- created some of the most important, influential and enduring images of the Civil War. Reporting to newspapers like 'Harper's Weekly' and 'Frank Leslie's Illustrated News, ' the Specials were prototypes for contemporary combat photographers. They brought a visceral immediacy to the clash, creating rich and nuanced images of soldiers in camp, slaves at work and troops on the move. Often overlooked by historians and scholars, the illustrations span the war and its many theaters, including rarely seen views of Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg, and the famous stampede of Union soldiers fleeing the rebels at Bull Run. Many of the images have never been researched or published before. Marking the 150th anniversary of the fighting, this book gives readers the sense that they are touching history, for the Specials were at the scene. Their illustrations represent priceless artifacts from our nation's greatest conflict. -- from Book Jacket.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393072204
Characteristics: xxv, 251 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 x 31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Virga, Vincent
Alternative Title: Drawings from the battlefront.


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