The Last Meeting Between Gen. Lee and Jackson
Lithograph by J.G. Fay (1877)
Traveller, the war-horse of Robert E. Lee, and Little Sorrel, Stonewall Jackson’s horse, were nearly as recognizable during the Civil War as their owners. Still held in reverence long after the war, both horses’ remains were preserved following their own deaths and placed on display for an admiring public. Their skeletal remains are now fittingly buried in Lexington, Virginia, not far from the graves of their famous owners.
Read more →
Thomas Nast is considered by many to be the father of the American political cartoon. He is credited with creating the elephant as the political symbol of the Republican Party and popularizing the use of a donkey for the Democratic Party. But outside of the political arena, his drawings of Santa Claus, which began during the Civil War, have had a profound and lasting effect on our modern impression of the “right jolly old elf.”
Born in Landau, in the Kingdom of Bavaria, on September 27, 1840, Nast was six-years-old when his mother brought him and his sister to the United States, settling in New York City. His artistic talents were evident early in life, and at age fifteen, he acquired his first job as a staff artist with Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News. In 1860, Nast left Leslie’s and began working as an artist for the New York Illustrated News. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, he began drawing scenes of camp life and soldiers on the march. During this time, the overall style of his drawings began to take on a more sentimental tone, often laced with distinct political commentary. Changing jobs again in 1862, Nast became an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, a position he would hold for the next 25 years.
Read more →