Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
The Union Cavalry Charge
This image is from the May 17, 1861 edition of Harper's
Weekly. I do not find Homer's signature on the illustration, but the
caption attributes it to him. The illustration is captioned, "The
Union Cavalry and Artillery Starting in Pursuit of the Rebels up the
Yorktown Turnpike - Sketched by Mr. W. Homer." The sketch, while somewhat
hurried, reveals an amazing amount of historic content.
May 17, 1862 - The Union Cavalry
(Click on Image for Enlarged view)
The Cavalry soldiers appear to be well equipped, well
trained, and in full speed charge. Several of the horses are branded
"US", so their is no doubt which side these men are fighting on.
Of note, if you click on the illustration for a
larger view, and look closely in the sky near the horizon, you will
actually see a Civil War hot air balloon being used as a reconnaissance
aide. While not mentioned in the caption, it is clear that the small
image represents a hot air balloon, which had been used for the first
time in combat in the Civil War.
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