Winslow Homer: Shell in Rebel Trenches


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Winslow Homer Civil War Art:

A Shell in the Rebel Trenches

Winslow Homer started out 1863 with this illustration showing the horror of a shell explosion in Rebel trenches.  The image, interestingly enough, shows mostly blacks in the trenches, with one confederate soldier standing somewhat calmly in the foreground.  It is of historical importance to remember that Robert E. Lee was a strong proponent of Arming the Slaves, and Recruiting them into the Confederate Army.

Winslow Homer - Shell in Rebel Trenches

January 17, 1863 - A Shell in Rebel Trenches (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

Lee went so far as to say that the slaves should be freed, and welcomed to live in the South. It is unknown whether the black men in these images are Confederate Buffalo soldiers, or if they are simply the slave or servants of the confederate soldiers in the picture.

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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