The American Civil War - By Daniel Malin

This gallery includes pieces of art depicting the events before, during, and after the Civil War.

This piece by Bohemian-born artist, Casper Buberl, features three military soldiers on horseback. It is a plaster bas-relief panel that was painted bronze and is part of a larger series of panels with a similar look. Like most of Buberl's Civil War pieces, this piece is on display with the other bronze panels at the National Building Museum. Buberl was heavily interested in the Civil War and spent much of his life telling the story historically through his work.
This is a 29.5"x19.25" painting by Willing B.T. Trego that can be found on display at the James A. Michener Art Museum. This oil on canvas piece tells the story of a group of soldiers being attacked while on horseback. Your eyes are drawn to the horse and soldier at the front as they convey the most emotion as they are being shot by soldiers no featured in the piece.
This 16.4"x13.06" painting by Richard Caton Woodville tells the story of men with two different political views chatting each other up at an oyster house prior to the Civil War. The piece was rumored to be commissioned by John H.B. Latrobe who was known around Baltimore for having similar political discussions in his local oyster house with those he agreed with and those he did not. This piece can be found at the Walters Art Museum.
This oil on canvas piece, painted by George Caleb Bingham, was painted shortly after the Civil War to protest the treatment of Missourians by Federal troops that were looting a few different counties. The piece was met with acclaim from Missouri residents, but was given criticism nationally by ministers and art critics alike who claimed that Bingham was trying to paint (pun intended) the Union troops in a negative light, while trying to bring sympathy to the South.
This painting, done by Charles T. Webber, for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 celebrates the endless attempts by the abolitionists to end slavery. The painting depicts Levi and Catharine Coffin, and Hannah Haddock who were all friends of Webber. The Coffins and Haddock are shown leading a group of slaves across a farm on a cold winter morning.
This life cast of Abraham Lincoln was done by Leonard Volk and is on display at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. Despite common belief, the cast was not done after Lincoln's death, but rather was done in 1860, 5 years before Lincoln's assassination.
This marble statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman was finished in 1866 by Franklin Simmons de Young. The dimensions are roughly 20"x21.25"x12" and can be found in the artists museum with other neoclassical sculptures of historical figures. General Sherman and the previously mentioned artist, George Caleb Bingham, probably would not have seen eye-to-eye as Sherman encouraged his troops to destroy all government property belonging to the South as well as consume all local resources to diminish the supply for the locals in an attempt to weaken the South.
This portrait painting done by Henry Salem Hubbell is on display at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum. The painting depicts Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar who played a variety of roles before, during, and after the Civil War. Prior to the War he served in Congress. Then served as a lieutenant colonel for the South during the war, and after the war he served as a member of the Supreme Court. He is only one of two people to serve in the House, the Senate, as a cabinet member for a president, and in the Supreme Court.
This portrait was originally thought to be a younger General Thomas Jonathan Jackson, better known as Stonewall Jackson. However, due to discrepancies with the eye color and issues with the locations of the buttons on his uniform it was later proven that this wasn't Stonewall Jackson. Still it is an interesting piece with great detail embossed in a bronze, oval frame depicting a Confederate soldier.
This is the second piece by George Caleb Bingham to make the gallery. The piece was done prior to the Civil War and depicts a young Congressman trying to enlist the help and support of older rural farmers. The piece is significant to Bingham because it's the first piece he painted following his election into the United States Congress.
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