A Twelve-Year-Old Boy's Civil War

Date:
1949
Medium:
Color pencil on paper
Dimensions:
28 ½ x 22 ½ inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Studying the Civil War is part of every American child’s school experience. Like many, Red Grooms, a schoolboy, was fascinated with the war’s heroes and the drama of its heartbreaking story that he captured in this artwork he saved from his childhood. He modeled his Lincoln after Daniel Chester French’s depiction of the president in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Surrounding the President are six illustrated battle scenes from the Civil War: the Firing on Fort Sumter (April 13, 1861); the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863); Sherman’s March (November 1865); the Battle of Bull Run (July 21, 1861); the Battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863); and the Surrender at Appomattox (April 19, 1865).