General Heintzleman Entertains Friends

Date:
2010
Medium:
Acrylic on wood
Dimensions:
5 ½ x 10 ½ inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Like photographer Mathew Brady and painter and printmaker Winslow Homer, Red Grooms shows us a more complex view of the Civil War than we see in formal portraits of its protagonists and battle scenes. Here Grooms chooses a Brady photograph of a convalescent camp near Alexandria, Virginia, where injured soldiers lived in tents, recovering from injuries. General Samuel Heinzelman, however, appears to have grander quarters to welcome his visitors. Heinzelman was wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run, but returned to command the Army of the Potomac in several campaigns, until his poor performance at the Second Battle of Bull Run led to his reassignment behind the front to the defense of Washington.