What did a battle during the Civil War look like?
We have no photographs of Civil War battles because photography had no advanced to where it could stop that kind of action.
But we can get a good idea of what the battles were like from the courageous -- and sometimes reckless -- combat artists from contemporary publications who took to the field and attached themselves to the armies.
Sadly, the work of these men has been largely ignored. Happily, many of their original drawings still exist.
This series of the work of the Civil War combat artists will show you scenes, places and fighting men that you have never seen before -- largely because many of the works in these volumes have remained unpublished even after more than 150 years.
In this volume, you will meet Alfred Waud and Edwin Forbes, the two artists who were with the Union's Army of the Potomac during those fateful days leading up to the battle of Gettysburg, one of the largest and most important engagements of the war.
|Series:||Civil War Combat Artists and the Pictures They Drew , #1|
|File size:||2 MB|
About the Author
James Glen Stovall (Jim) is a retired professor of journalism who lives in East Tennessee. During his teaching career, he taught at the University of Alabama (1978-2003), Emory and Henry College (2003-2006) and the University of Tennessee (2006-2016). He is now working on a second career writing young adult fiction and mysteries.
Jim is the author of the a selling writing textbook, Writing for the Mass Media, as well as other journalism texts such as Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How and Web Journalism.
Other books include:
• Seeing Suffrage:The 1913 Washington Suffrage Parade, Its Pictures, and Its Effects on the American Political Landscape
• Battlelines: Gettysburg: Civil War Sketch Artists and the First Draft of War
In addition to writing, Jim likes to paint (watercolor), draw (pen and ink), play music (dulcimer and banjo), garden and piddle around in his woodworking shop.
Jim grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and that is his favorite setting for his novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a small book that packs a big punch. Since Vietnam, the wars America has fought have played out daily on our television screens. It is hard to think back a hundred and fifty years and imagine how the people got their images of the Civil War. Jim Stovall searched through over 3,000 sketches in the Library of Congress to pull out those that show how the Union and Confederate forces were guided to the defining conflict of the Civil War, The Battle of Gettysburg. Not only does Jim present us with these beautifully rendered drawings, he brings forth the emotions of the days leading up to the battle and his insightful explanations of not only the artists (the Specials) and the settings, but also gives us a sense of how those involved in the battles felt. All-in-all, the first of five books looking back at how people were able to see our early wars is a success. I am looking forward to viewing the next Book.