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Park, Frank E. (1835-1904) Camp scenes and sketches of the Andrew Light Infantry

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03537 Author/Creator: Park, Frank E. (1835-1904) Place Written: Various Type: Sketchbook Date: 1864 Pagination: 45 sketches ; 16.7 x 11 cm.

Summary of Content: Civil War sketchbook containing thirty-four watercolors and eight black and white pencil sketches. Includes watercolor of Antietam battlefield with skulls and cannon balls. Also depicted are Washington, D.C., Fort Lee, New York, Arlington, Virginia, Fort Smith, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland, as well as flowers, soldiers, a flag, among others. With two tintype photographs of Union buglers pasted into the covers. Park came from South Boston and served in the Sixth Massachusetts Infantry, initially known as the Andrew Light Infantry, or A.L.I. He enlisted as a private and was discharged as a corporal. Park served only during 1864, and one of the sketches bears this year, so the sketchbook is from 1864.

People: Park, Frank E., 1835-1904

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesArt, Music, Theater, and FilmSoldier's DiaryDeathArtilleryBattleAmerican FlagWashington, D.C.Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)FortificationPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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