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Images of the Civil War
The central event in American history, the War between the States (1861-1865), is recalled in Images of the Civil War. John Mooney’s Surprise Attack Near Harper’s Ferry captures the chaos and terror of battle. A version of Henry Mosler’s The Lost Cause, one of the most widely reproduced images in late-nineteenth-century America, and Constantino Brumidi’s Columbia Welcoming the South Back into the Union address themes of loss and reconciliation. Only a few of the paintings in this gallery depict actual events. Mooney’s Surprise Attack records from memory an ambush in which the artist was a participant, and paintings by an unknown artist illustrate the naval battle between the ironclads CSS Virginia and USS Monitor. Most of the paintings in this gallery were produced after the war had ended, and all of them reflect Southern attitudes toward the causes of division.

 
Sydney Adamson
Sydney Adamson, The Rebel Charge, 1899. Oil on canvas; 36 x 49½ x 2¼ inches.
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