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An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings of Edwin Forbes
March 15 - August 15, 2014


Like thousands of young men, twenty-three-year-old John Edwin Forbes went to war in 1862, but he did not shoulder a rifle or carry a saber. A classically trained artist, Forbes joined a group of reporters known collectively as the Bohemian Brigade.  Sent south by northern newspapers, they fed a home front population hungry for information about the war and the men engaged in it. For two and a half years Forbes documented the Union and Confederate armies in Virginia in camp, on the march, and in battle.

Opening March 15, 2014 at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings of Edwin Forbes features a selection of his intriguing drawings. Accompanied by Forbes’s own descriptions, this exhibition features original pen-and-ink drawings based on his wartime sketches and used to illustrate his memoir, Thirty Years After: An Artist’s Story of the Great War (1890).

An Artist’s Story is a traveling exhibition organized by the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.