Monthly Archives: December 2013

Winslow Homer: The Veteran in a New Field, c.1865

After General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April 1865, the Union and Confederate armies were peacefully disbanded. The soldiers who had survived the ordeal were free to go home and resume their pre-war occupations. The Veteran in a New … Continue reading

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BLACK HAWK: “Sans Arc Lakota” Ledger Book, 1880–1881

Black Hawk was hard-pressed to feed his family of four during the harsh winter of 1880–1881. His tribe, the Sans Arc, was one of seven divisions of the Lakota, a nomadic group of Plains Indians who followed the great herds … Continue reading

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Albert Bierstadt: Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California, c.1865

In a time when few Americans had ventured west of the Mississippi, Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California offered a welcome view of one of the natural wonders on the far side of the continent. After his first trip to the American West … Continue reading

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