Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront

Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront


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Civil War Sketch Book: Drawings from the Battlefront by Harry L. Katz, Vincent Virga

A landmark collection featuring rare and sensational images of the Civil War.
At a time before the camera lens could capture the frenzy and terror of battle action, illustrators known as “Special Artists”—among them such famous draftsmen as Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast—created for the American public some of the most important and lasting images of the Civil War. Reporting for newspapers like Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News, the Specials brought a visceral immediacy to the clash, presenting rich and nuanced images of soldiers in the camps and sweeping panoramas of the great battles. 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. Gathering these images for the first time in fifty years, Civil War Sketch Book gives readers the sense that they are touching history, for the illustrations (some even stained with soldiers’ blood) represent priceless artifacts from our nation’s greatest conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393072204
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/14/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Harry L. Katz is the former head curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and the author of Baseball Americana and Herblock. He lives in Del Mar, California.

Vincent Virga has authored or coauthored seven major picture books, including, most recently, Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations. He lives in New York City and in County Mayo, Ireland.

Alan Brinkley is professor of history at Columbia University and author of numerous books, including The End of Reform.

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MooreM More than 1 year ago
Like many people I enjoy American History and have read many books and watched many documentary's, etc. I read about this book in an article in National Geographic that included a few of the sketches shown in this book. This book is a marvelous collection of media from that time period which is not widely available or well known. The history of the artists, their careers, and their publishers is well written against the backdrop of the Civil War. The quality and quantity of the sketches is without equal and makes this book a truly great value.