Library of Congress – Drawings and Sketches

Library of Congress – Drawings and Sketches

Galleries

The Library of Congress collection of Civil War material is so big that it’s sometimes hard to navigate and find what you’re looking for. This page shows the search results for the Drawing and Sketches, which hopefully will make it easier for you to get started browsing the collection.

Sketch artists such as Alfred Waud and Edwin Forbes followed the troops, often documenting the everyday life of soldiers as well as action on the battlefield in simple pencil drawings. These sketches are the only record of what took place on the battlefield. Later, illustrators, such as Frank Leslie, created detailed depictions published in Harper’s Weekly and The New York Illustrated News based on the work of sketch artists. After the War, well-known painters, including Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, and Alexander Pope, created moving and realistic works inspired by these first-hand accounts.

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