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Winslow Homer Civil War Art:

Rebel Soldiers

The May 17 1862 edition of Harper's Weekly featured a dramatic Winslow Homer illustration of Rebel Soldiers.  The image is captioned, "Rebels Outside Their Works at Yorktown Reconnoitering with Dark Lanterns - Sketched by Mr. Winslow Homer".  The image is an impressive illustration of well equipped and disciplined confederate troops on a reconnaissance mission. Notice how Winslow Homer once again draws the viewer's eye to the bayonets.  Even in the dark, the sharp steel of the bayonet almost jumps off the page at you.  There is little doubt that the brutal effects of the bayonet were witnessed first hand by Mr. Homer in his role as war illustrator.  This either consciously or unconsciously dramatically affected Winslow Homer's illustrations throughout the Civil War years.

Rebel Soldiers

May 17, 1862- Rebels Outside their Works (Click on Image for an Enlarged View)

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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