On March 17, 1863, Edwin Forbes created a series of six sketches illustrating St. Patrick's Day festivities in the Army of the Potomac. Final versions of five sketches in the series were published as a collage in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on April, 25, 1863 under the title "The Irish Brigade, General T.F. Meagher, Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Camp at Falmouth, Virginia."
Mats of some of the original sketches are labeled "Mar. 17 St. Patrick's Day at the Army of the Potomac Sports of the Irish Brigade." It's interesting to note some of the additional details provided on the originals that are not included in the collage. [Originals from the Library of Congress.]
Here is the collage:
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, April, 25, 1863.
This sketch is centered in the collage above. There are a number of notations not visible on the published version. The original is entitled "The steeple chase." [LOC] In the next post i an this thread, we will take a look at some of the interesting notations on the original.