Who Fought to Save the Union

through April 30, 2017

Winslow Homer. The Army of the Potomac — Sharp-shooter on Picket Duty. Harper’s Weekly, November 15, 1862

Images and objects that show the art and culture of the nation and New York at the time of the Civil War are drawn from the Museum’s collection 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/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 a 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.