Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
Pay Day in the Army of the Potomac
The February 28, 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly featured
this uncharacteristically upbeat Winslow Homer Civil War Illustration.
The leaf is captioned, "Pay-Day in the Army of the Potomac [Drawn by Mr.
Homer]." The illustration also features a distinct Homer signature in the
lower left corner. This is a fascinating image showing scenes around
camp associated with pay day.
February 28, 1863 - Pay Day in the Army
of the Potomac
The upper center image shows soldiers in line to
receive their pay. On the upper left, we see men putting money in
envelopes and writing letters. This inset is labeled, "Sending
Money Home". The upper right shows a woman and small boy.
Apparently showing the letter and needed money showing up at the
soldier's family. The lower illustration is a stunning image of the
soldiers descending on the Sutler's tent. Every one is crowding around
the sutler, eager to buy the various pleasures he offers. Bread, cheese,
eggs, and milk can all be seen behind the counter, and there would no
doubt also be plenty of coffee and tobacco.
A Note to our Readers
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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
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