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Thomas Nast's "A Cavalry Attack" Illustration

This, is an original 1863 Thomas Nast Civil War illustration. The leaf is from an 1863 Harper's Weekly newspaper. The leaf is captioned, "A Cavalry Attack." In my mind this is one of the most dramatic of all original Civil War illustrations. The leaf presents a stunning view of a Civil War Cavalry charge. the image includes an incredible amount of action. The Rebel and Union Cavalries are shown in close range combat.

A Civil War Cavalry Charge

Thomas Nast "A Cavalry Attack"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

The foreground includes a number of soldiers with swords drawn engaging in hand-to-hand combat. The left of the print features a Cavalry officer with his sword drawn over his head, leading a group of soldiers into battle. The battle continues into the background of the print, with thousands and thousands of mounted soldiers. A number of dead and dieing men are shown on the ground. Others are being run through with swords. The foreground shows a man falling off his panicked horse. You can click on the image to get a closer look, but there was no way for me to capture the impact of this print with a digital image.

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