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America's History in the Making

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The Army of the Potomac, A Sharp Shooter on Picket Duty

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Winslow Homer, THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, A SHARP SHOOTER ON PICKET DUTY (1862). Courtesy of Paul McWhorter.

Creator Winslow Homer
Context Like today's embedded journalists, Homer was on the lines with the Union army, though he used paintings and drawings rather than prose.
Audience Readers of Harper's Weekly, a prominent Northern magazine
Purpose To depict the war

Historical Significance

Winslow Homer, who would later become one of the nation's most distinguished painters, lived among the Union troops as an illustrator for Harper's Weekly. His early works featured heroic charges calculated to increase patriotism.


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