Intimate details of life as a Civil War soldier depicted in rare sketches

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Intimate details of life as a Civil War soldier depicted in rare sketches
Book of 1893 drawings painstakingly restored by UCLA Library Special Collections
John Sanchez | June 21, 2017
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Frederick Ransom’s sketches — in an order book from a garden nursery business — capture both the profound and mundane details of a Union soldier’s life.

Thirty years after he was wounded in the Civil War, Frederick Ransom was nevertheless nostalgic about his time on the battlefield. So in 1893, the aging veteran, then living in the Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Quincy, decided to sketch scenes of conflict and camaraderie from his memories of the war.

Ransom could never have guessed what would happen to his pictorial diary. In late 2016, the sketchbook arrived at the UCLA Library Special Collections in a very fragile state, and a painstaking restoration was recently completed.

More: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/civil-war-sketchbook-ucla-library
 

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