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Edwin Forbes, 1839-1895. Born in New York, his career as an illustrator began in 1861 when he became a staff artist for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. He recorded the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac from Cross Keys in the Shenandoah Valley to the battles at Manassas in 1862 and the siege of Petersburg in 1864. (2147)* He would make quick sketches on the battlefields and then refine them in his tent studio back at camp. Many of his sketches were later made into copper engravings. In 1864 he left Leslie’s but continued to draw scenes of the war. He was awarded a medal at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876 for his Life Studies of the Great Army. General William T. Sherman purchased the first proof and donated it to the United States government. In 1890 he published a summary of his work in Thirty Years After: An Artist’s Story of the Great War. (880)*





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