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Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Tracks of the armies

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493.15 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: circa 1880-1890 Pagination: 1 etching : b&w ; 25.8 x 34.6 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493.15 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: circa 1880-1890 Pagination: 1 etching : b&w ; 25.8 x 34.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Depicts a Confederate soldier returning home to find his home destroyed and his wife and dog dead. All of his belongings lay scattered and ruined, while in the distance another building burns. Vultures are perched above, more symbols of death. It is significant to note that the bare breast of the dead wife is exposed in the rubble, suggesting that she may have been the victim of sexual assault as well as murder. Although Volck does not specify which army committed such atrocities against civilians in his title, it was understood by all who viewed the sketch that it was the Union army that was implicated. Size in extent is for the mount. The actual size of the etching is 20.5 x 26.6 cm. Title in pencil on verso.

Background Information: Adalbert John Volck was a dentist, political cartoonist, and a caricaturist who sympathized with the Southern cause. During the Civil War, Volck supported the Confederacy through his satirical political cartoons. ...He also smuggled drugs and medical supplies for the Confederate army, and served as a personal courier to President Jefferson Davis. See More

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Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmAtrocityWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyPropagandaConfederate States of AmericaMilitary HistoryCivil WarUnion Forces

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