Category Artwork

The Art of a Confederate Prisoner at Point Lookout

Jacob Omenhausser was a confederate soldier who was a prisoner at the Union POW camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, in 1864. A talented artist and observer, he left us color sketches to depict life as he saw it in that camp. This article talks about Omenhausser and his artwork. We find “The New-York Historical Society has […]

Abraham Lincoln in Art and Photographs

Here’s Professor Mark Pohlad of DePaul University, a professor of art history. He’s talking about how Lincoln was depicted in images, through art and photography. The video’s description reads, “DePaul University professor Mark Pohlad taught a class on representations of President Abraham Lincoln in art and photographs. He described how images of Lincoln might reach different audiences, such […]

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and Happy Holidays. Thomas Nast gives us “Christmas in the Camp,” with Santa Claus giving presents to Union soldiers.

Silent Sam

The University of North Carolina has a confederate monument on campus known colloquially as “Silent Sam.” More about the monument here and here. This monument is, not surprisingly, controversial, with a number of calls for its removal. For more on the controversy surrounding the monument see here, here, here, and here. There’s also a short and […]

The Art of Wars

Art is a friend of us students of the war.  The biggest reason for this is that it helps us visualize what happened.  Some artists drew during the war itself, and later turned their sketches into paintings.  Folks like Alfred Waud, his brother, William,  Winslow Homer, Edwin Forbes, and Conrad Wise Chapman created images that are […]