The image is one of Homer's best and most sought after
Civil War illustrations. In back under the tree, a seriously wounded
soldier lies. What appears to be a Union officer is seen helping
treat the injured man. The man with his back to you, we presume, is
the surgeon. He appears to be working carefully on treating the
badly injured soldier. We also see less seriously injured men
seeking treatment. One man, perhaps who has already received
treatment, is seen resting on a cot in the background. Another
seriously injured man is seen being carried into camp, while in the
background a horse drawn ambulance can be seen rushing to the location, no
doubt with more seriously injured soldiers. In addition, men can be seen
bringing the injured on stretchers.
In the distant background, you can see the smoke of
The amazing thing is that the surgeon appears to be
working carefully and methodically in the midst of all the confusion.
This is one of my personal favorites. Two of my
great-grandfathers were surgeons in the Civil War, so this illustration is
of personal interest to me.
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