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Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Prayer in Stonewall Jackson's tent

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493.24 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: circa 1880-1890 Pagination: 1 etching : b&w ; 26.1 x 34.7 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493.24 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: circa 1880-1890 Pagination: 1 etching : b&w ; 26.1 x 34.7 cm.

Depicts a scene of quiet piety and great reverence in an army camp. Shows most of the men with their heads bowed in prayer, some weeping. Stonewall Jackson, a man known for his great religiosity, appears to be delivering a sermon to the men. Also shows a black man kneeling beside Jackson. Volck made a sketch of the actual event at Ball's Bluff, Virginia, which he later used to make this etching. Size in extent is for the mount. The actual size of the etching is 20.2 x 26.7 cm. Title in pencil on verso.

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.

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