155th Anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Wilderness - Through Artist's Eyes

NH Civil War Gal

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Feb 5, 2017

Photographs from the war period show the war's casualties and destruction, but due to slow photographic processes none exist from actual Civil War battles. That is where the importance of artists and war correspondents began. They sketched real-time, preserving what they saw.

Edwin Forbes sketched for Frank Leslie's Magazine and created memorable scenes from marches and battles. Here are five images of the Battle of the Wilderness through this artist's eyes.

The added text between the photos are parts of Civil War song lyrics which seem appropriate to scene or historical moment. They are words the soldiers would have known, heard, or sung.