Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Edwin Forbes, army correspondent/artist, is a long story. He had a long, long war, shared with us through his 1890's publication as well as magazines of the day. Making the trek in June and July to Gettysburg, PA, Forbe's vantage points take us there in words and images.
Edwin Forbes, pre-war landscape artist and war correspondent/artist did not merely draw from accounts- Forbes, like Waud was there. His post-war " The Army Sketch Book ", narrates Forbes' war, illustrated. Images in it are terrific but the best experience is pairing the book with Forbes' on-site sketches, found in LoC. Both are public domain, Hathitrust carrying his book. Sketches by someone who saw the actions, stood on LRT, for example and looked on the shattered field after Picket's Charge seem as good as photographs. Forbes turned quite a few into paintings, also amazing but his eye witness sketches are what flatten you.
More tomorrow, too-long posts can be a big yawn. This stuff is too good to turn into a yawn.
Spent quite awhile flipping back and forth, thought it would be good to share, if anyone's interested. Will only post one or two a day, each story worthy of a thread. Not necessarily in order in this thread, sorry, picking through the best.
It's public access, no worries.
Edwin writes-and sketches July 3rd and 4th, after watching one the Confederate line march into death.
" ...... battery horses near the grove of trees
From July 4th- we do not get to see a soldiers at Gettysburg, just post battle shambles. Thankfully, Forbes was there.
" Behind the breastworks on the right, 4th of July "
Edwin Forbes ' Longstreet's prisoners, July 3 ', an amazing filmstrip to his eye witness narrative.