Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Civil War Art-- Part 8: Censoring

As mentioned in the previous post where an Arthur Lumley illustration of Union troops pillaging at the Battle of Freedricksburg, both Harper and Leslie duid their part to shape public opinion, sometimes censoring images they considered to be too negative or graphic. //// For instance, Harper editors made Alfred Waud's drawing of a leg amputation at an Antietam field hospital to look less gory. //// Another Waud sketch of exhausted horses dragging artillery carts were given lifted heads and kicking up clods of mud. //// Even so, the general public was becoming aware of the horrors of war as the war progressed as a result of the illustrations. ////

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