August 10th, 2012: View of the Battle of Cedar Mountain
Posted on: 08/10/2012
150 years ago today, the battlefield near Cedar mountain was strewn with dead soldiers and animals. The scene would have been incomprehensible to anyone who did not witness it. Civilians on the homefront wanted to know what the war looked like, and newspaper men and photographers showed up to supply them with visuals. Today we will look at a sketch made of the actual battle, which shows some of the brutality of the battle.
This sketch by artist Edwin Forbes is captioned "Charge of Union troops of the left flank of the army commanded by Genl. Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain." The scene shows officers being shot from their horses, a confused smoky atmosphere, and close quarters combat between the opposing sides.
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