Category Artwork

Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War

This is art historian Judy Scott Feldman talking about artistic interpretations of people and events of the American Revolution and the American Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Art historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil War. She talked about the influence of paintings, sculptures and memorials on how history is remembered. […]

Creating the Lincoln Memorial

Harold Holzer gave this presentation on building the Lincoln Memorial at the 2018 Lincoln Forum symposium in Gettysburg, PA. We learn from the video’s description, “The dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., took place in 1922, almost 60 years after Abraham Lincoln’s death. Harold Holzer talked about his book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, […]

Artist James Hope and the 1862 Battle of Antietam

Here’s Professor James Broomall of Shepherd University delivering a lecture on the artist James Hope and his paintings about the Battle of Antietam. Hope was an officer in the Vermont Brigade and fought at Antietam. This lecture comes from a class he taught in a course on the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. The […]

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 […]