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The Advance Guard of the Grand Army of the U. S. Crossing the Long Bridge
The Advance Guard of the Grand Army of the United States Crossing the Long Bridge

9 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (23.2 x 35.2 cm)

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

Full Title:The Advance Guard of the Grand Army of the United States Crossing the Long Bridge
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Wood engraving
Credit Line: Gift of Howard and Florence Merritt
Accession Number: 1986.23
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Winslow Homer brought the Civil War to the home front with his illustrations in Harper’s Weekly magazine, including this one from June 8, 1861, shortly after the fighting had begun. The following commentary about the crossing from Washington, D.C. to Alexandria, Virginia appeared in the June 8, 1861 issue:

The scene at the bridges was grand and impressive beyond description…The night was cool and clear, thousands of men were drawn up in a line and defiling past, but hardly a whisper was heard from among them. They all preserved a solemn silence, as though sensible of the momentousness of the occasion; but the rumbling of artillery, the clatter of cavalry, the muskets and ordnance glittering in the moonlight, the suppressed commands of the officers, imparted, nevertheless, a liveliness to the imposing spectacle.

Among the groups of soldiers making the crossing were regiments from New York State. [Gallery label, February 21, 2012]

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