Winslow Homer Civil War Art:
Civil War Women
After the horrific images of unspeakable terror in
Homer's earlier 1862 work of
The Cavalry Charge and
The Bayonet Charge, this image
presents a welcome scene of hope and healing. The image is titled, "Our
Women and the War." The illustration presents images of the various
ways women gave selflessly of themselves to help, heal, and give hope to
those fighting the war.
September 6, 1862 - Civil War Women
(Click on Image for Enlarged View)
The image includes a banner around the top corners
reading, "The Influence of Woman". Homer is ahead of his time, as during
the 1860's, the important contributions of women was not appreciated by
all. The illustration shows 4 images or important roles that women
played in the war. The upper center image shows women sewing shirts
and socks for soldiers. It is hard to overstate how important this
work was. I would go so far as to say that more battles were lost
for want of good footwear and warm clothing than from need of bullets.
Here, we see women giving their time to make clothing for the soldiers.
In the upper right, we see a young woman in an Army camp, washing clothes.
What a treat it must have been for soldiers to actually get a clean change
of clothes. The lower right image shows a badly injured man in bed.
A letter from a loved one is seen in his bed. He appears to be
dictating a response, to weak to write himself, to a young woman.
What a comfort it must have been to the soldier to know that word of his
situation would be relayed back to his loved ones. Perhaps most important
of all is the image in the lower left, in which we see a woman praying
with an injured soldier.
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