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The Wilderness Campaign

General Grant and staff on the road from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania Courthouse
Edwin Forbes (1839-1895)
General Grant and staff on the road
from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania
Courthouse, Virginia May 7, 1864

Graphite on paper
Prints & Photographs Division

Edwin Forbes, was recognized as one of the leading Civil War sketch artists who drew the war for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper from 1862 1864. He could render a scene quickly and accurately, with an artist's eye for composition and a reporter's instinct for human interest. At a time when the shutter speed of cameras was too slow to capture action, the public's only glimpse of the action came from the sketch artists like Forbes and Alfred and William Waud.

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