What did the battle of Gettysburg look like?
Despite the vast number of photographs associated with the Civil War, we have no photos of the battles themselves. The state of photography at that time could not stop action as it does today.
But we DO have pictures.
They are the drawings of the battlefield artists -- the Specials, as they were called -- sent out by publications such as Harper's Weekly to make a visual record of the pivotal event in American history. The woodcuts that Harper's and other publications produced based on these drawings are famous and well-known.
But what of the drawings themselves -- those made during the battle or in the evening when the firing has ceased?
Unfortunately, while many of them still exist, relatively few have ever been published.
This series, Battlelines, seeks to correct that. We begin with a five-volume set of those drawings related to the battle of Gettysburg. This volume (number 3 in the set) presents the drawings of the first day of the battle, Thursday, July 2, 1863. The drawings were executed by Alfred Waud and Edwin Forbes.
Watch for other volumes in this set.
|Series:||Civil War Combat Artists and the Pictures They Drew , #3|
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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.