Century Magazine Illustrations of the American Civil War (Minneapolis College of Art and Design)

Overview

This collection is the result of a project undertaken by Allan Kohl, Visual Resources Librarian at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Kohl has selected approximately 100 images from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, a four–volume publication issued serially in 1887–1888, which presented a comprehensive account of the American Civil War (1861–1865). These images depict battle scenes and camp life, as well as details of weapons and uniforms. Kohl has also provided cataloging information for the collection, including topical references to major events and campaigns.

These images depict battle scenes and camp life, as well as details of weapons and uniforms. Kohl has also provided cataloging information for the collection, including topical references to major events and campaigns.


Nearly twenty years after the end of the Civil War, Clarence Clough Buel and Robert Underwood Johnson, editors at Century Magazine, proposed a series of articles written by surviving participants from both sides of the conflict, North and South. The "Century War series" ran from 1884–1887 and proved to be so popular that the magazine's publishers decided to anthologize it. The resulting four volumes of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War numbered nearly 3,000 pages, reproducing the original series along with additional articles, memoirs, and reminiscences. The publication also featured more than a thousand maps, engraved portraits, and other original artwork created by some of America's top illustrators and field correspondents, including Julian Oliver Davidson (1853–1894), Winslow Homer (1836–1910), Henry Alexander Ogden (1856–1936), Isaac Walton Taber (1857–1933), and Alfred Rudolph Waud (1828–1891).

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 106
Percentage of completion 100%
Search terms century magazine kohl
Collection URL http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/mcad_century

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Last updated: April 14, 2010

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