Thomas Nast's Original "General
Sherman's Rear Guard" Illustration
This, is an original 1864 Thomas Nast Civil
War illustration. The leaf is from an 1864 Harper's Weekly newspaper. The
leaf is captioned, "General Sherman's Rear Guard" This is an extremely
interesting illustration, full of important historical content. The
illustrations shows the confusion that existed at the rear, during a Civil
Thomas Nast "General Sherman Guard"
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The picture shows a number
of wounded and frantic soldiers, being helped from the battle field.
It is interesting to note the number of blacks shown helping the injured and
confused soldiers. In one case a soldier is being carried away in a wheel
barrow, which in another case a group of injured are being carried in a
wagon. In the foreground, one soldier is shown on the ground, dying,
with a black man giving him a drink of water from a canteen. Another black
man is seen carrying an injured man on his back.
The illustration presents
both the confusion, and the horror of battle, as seen from the rear.
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the Civil War works of Thomas Nast. We have created this digital
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Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for
posterity. We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs
available for a price of $250 each. The proceeds from the sale of the
material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our
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