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Filling Cartridges at the United States Arsenal, at Watertown, Massachusetts
Filling Cartridges at the United States Arsenal, at Watertown, Massachusetts

1861
10 15/16 x 9 3/16 in. (27.7 x 23.3 cm)

Winslow Homer
American (Boston, MA, 1836 - 1910, Prout's Neck, ME)

Full Title:Filling Cartridges at the United States Arsenal, at Watertown, Massachusetts
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Wood engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Howard and Florence Merritt
Accession Number: 1986.24
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Homer also illustrated life on the home front for Harper’s Weekly magazine as well as battlefield scenes. This print appeared in the July 20, 1861 issue, only a few months following the beginning of the Civil War. The following commentary was included on the page following the cover image: "We give on the preceding page a picture of FILLING CARTRIDGES at the United States Arsenal at Watertown, Massachusetts. At this establishment some 300 operatives are kept constantly at work making war material. The powder…is inserted in the cartridge by men, as shown in the lower picture. The bullet is inserted by girls, as shown in the picture above. At least seventy girls and women are kept constantly employed at Watertown in this avocation. The amount of cartridges turned out daily at this factory alone is enormous; and it is evident that, in the course of a few weeks, there will be no lack of this material of war, at all events."

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