Slave family exodus from slavery and following Sherman's army


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It is a great sketch - what is source? Possibly more slaves on the boats in the river.
did not notice the slaves escaping in the boats...thanks
Too bad those following Sherman didn't have those boats when Jeff C. Davis took up his pontoon bridge and left them stranded and to the tender mercies of the Rebels shadowing his flanks during the march!
 

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It took a little research, but the original was a lithograph drawn by F. O. C. Darley circa 1868. Darley was primarily known for illustrations included in works by well known authors including some written by Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Charles Dickens. He also branched in works depicting historical representations. LOC link to Sherman's march to the sea follows.
https://www.loc.gov/resource/cph.3a09983/
 

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Well, by 1868, Sherman and the Federal Government were fighting for Equality for the Native Americans. Just like he was doing for the Negro in the lithograph.

Maybe the OP should do a little research on Sherman!
 

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Elements of this 1960 bubblegum trading card depicting the March to the Sea were obviously "borrowed" from the original print - note the poses of the rail-lifters and the mounted figure; no fleeing slave family, though.
 
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Note the old style strap iron rails the troops were tearing up in the foreground. Solid iron T-rails were used in main line roads by the 1850s, but not universally, especially where the rail lines were operating on thin or no profits.
 

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It took a little research, but the original was a lithograph drawn by F. O. C. Darley circa 1868. Darley was primarily known for illustrations included in works by well known authors including some written by Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Charles Dickens. He also branched in works depicting historical representations. LOC link to Sherman's march to the sea follows.
https://www.loc.gov/resource/cph.3a09983/
I vividly remember this as one of the few illustrations of the war in the ubiquitous multi-volume World Book Encyclopedia that was a staple of all school libraries in my youth!
 

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