Winslow Homer: Christmas in Camp


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Winslow Homer Civil War Art:

Christmas in Civil War Camp

The year 1862 started off great for Winslow Homer, with this illustration being featured on the cover of Harper's first edition for the year.  The illustration is captioned, "Christmas Boxes in Camp - Christmas 1861". It is the front cover of the January 4, 1862 edition of Harper's Weekly. The illustration features a group of Civil War soldiers enjoying a box of goodies. The care package, in a box labeled "Adams", contains all the things needed by tired and ragged soldiers.  The box is full of good things to eat.  Several soldiers appear to be enjoying bread and pastry items.  Also pictured is wine and fruit.  Perhaps even more important than the food, the box appears to be full of new socks and footwear.

Winslow Homer Christmas in Camp

January 4, 1862- Christmas Boxes in Camp -  Christmas 1861

This is probably the most important gift a soldier could receive.  They were notoriously poor when it came to footwear.  Several soldiers can be seen trying on the new socks. 

The image definitely presents a scene of joy and happiness as the soldiers celebrate their much needed gifts.

You must search for Homer's signature on this print.  If you click for a close up view on the image above, look in the lower left corner of the picture.  His signature is blended in with the grass.

A Note to our Readers

We acquired the images above for the purpose of digitally persevering them on this site for all to enjoy.  With the digital archive complete, we are making the original, 140 year old illustrations available for purchase.  By selling these original illustrations, we are able to acquire more material to archive on this site.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the original Harper's Weekly leafs on this page, contact The leafs are available for a price of $250 a piece, and the proceeds will go to continue to expand the resources on this site.




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