Who Fought to Save the Union

October 8–April 30, 2017

A selection of images and objects that illustrate the art and culture of New York at the time of the Civil War, drawn from the Museum’s collection to personalize this conflict and augment Red Grooms’ Civil War exhibitions.

Themes include a soldier’s call to arms, Lincoln as president and martyr, and the long memory of the war’s veterans. The exhibition includes wood engravings of Winslow Homer, the artist and reporter who documented the war for Harper’s Weekly, one of the new American political magazines reporting news from the frontlines.

The exhibition also features Portrait of Colonel Charles Gilbert Otis, attributed to James Edward Kelly, which was recently restored by conservator Michele S. Kay with funds from the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program.

After Winslow Homer. The Army of the Potomac—A Sharp‐Shooter on Picket Duty, November 15, 1862. Wood engraving published in Harper’s Weekly. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Lefcourt, 2000 (2000.05.37).