“These raw but deft on-the-spot sketches capture the Civil War battlefield as it really must have been—often confused, always fast-moving and sometimes terrifying. The artists who made them were nearly as courageous as the troops they followed. No one interested in the era should miss this handsome and revealing volume.” (Geoffrey Ward, coauthor with Ken Burns of The Civil War: An Illustrated History)
“...Informatively presenting the artists and the circumstances of their sketches, Katz and Virga help us envision the Civil War as contemporaries would have visualized it through the magazines they read.” (Booklist)
“These accounts, along with the sketches themselves and the narrative framework the authors provide, give this handsome volume—also a landmark in the study of pictorial journalism—a special immediacy that will appeal to Civil War buffs and many others. Most highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
About the Author
Harry L. Katz is the former head curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and the author of Baseball Americana and Herblock. He lives in Del Mar, California.
Vincent Virga has authored or coauthored seven major picture books, including, most recently, Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations. He lives in New York City and in County Mayo, Ireland.
Alan Brinkley is professor of history at Columbia University and author of numerous books, including The End of Reform.