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This painting depicts the homecoming that awaited many Confederate veterans. The loss of their homes and families were the source of much ill feeling towards the North after the war.

Tidings from the Front (The Letter)

For those who could write, letter writing was a very common pastime. Not only was it a way to while away the time but, for most, it was the only means of contact with home and friends. The arrival of mail played a large part in the soldier’s life. Letters from home were critical to […]

Holding the Line at All Hazards

Walt Whitman (1819-1892), one of America’s best-known poets, served as a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. From the Union side he wrote many poems about the war. This poem captures the frantic action of a battle such as Holding the Line at all Hazards. An Army Corp on the March With its cloud […]

Leaving Home

Leaving Home reminds us all of the heartache and fear a family has as it sends a loved one off to war. Here the father bravely wishes his son well as those near and dear to him gather round. The model for the young boy leaving for the war was Dan Tanton who attended church […]