Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront
This book collects for the first time in over 50 years the greatest images of the Civil War 'Special' illustrators, providing a unique and fascinating perspective on the conflict. The 'Specials' - among them such famous artists as Winslow Homer and Alfred Waud - illustrated the war for newspapers like Harper's and Frank Leslie's, eclipsing Mathew Brady's static photographs with their depiction of the violence and terror of battle. Former Head Curator at the Library of Congress (Katz) and popular historian of the visual arts (Virga) present an elegant, image-wealthy history that reveals some of the most important and lasting images of all the great battles including Antietam, Gettysburg, and so many others. Beyond the battles, images richly evoke the culture of the Civil War period: camp life of soldiers; the dangers of being a northern war reporter in hostile southern territory; the famous images of tourists and statesmen being overtaken by fleeing soldiers during the first battle of Bull Run. Many of the drawings were made during the actual battles themselves and represent triumphs of American journalism. Some are even stained with soldier's blood --- together they represent priceless artifacts from our nation's greatest conflict.