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A. R. Waud
A. R. Waud

Federal (CIV)

Alfred (Rudolph) Waud

(1828 - 1891)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Newspaper Artist
Branch of Service: Civilian
Unit: Army of the Potomac


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Born and trained as an artist in England, he came to the US in 1850, where he made a living as a book and periodical illustrator. At the beginning of the War he was field artist for the New York Illustrated News. He was at the first battle of Bull Run and with Burnside's North Carolina Expedition. He moved to Harper's Weekly in early 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was on the Maryland Campaign and sketched scenes such as the crossing of the Potomac, burning of Mumma's Farm, a truce at the Dunkard Church, and hospital work after the battle .

The remainder of the War:
He continued his work for Harper's through the rest of the War, generally with the Army of the Potomac on its campaigns.

After the War:
He continued with Harper's, and later his illustrations were used in The Century Magazine and in the massive Battles and Leaders of the Civil War compilation volumes. He died of a heart attack in Marietta while still on assignment, sketching battlefields.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Birth and Death data, and basic biography from Find a Grave.1 The photo above is part of a picture taken by Alexander Gardner at Brandy Station in December 1863.2

More on the Web:
See the excellent work of Paul McWhorter, who has scanned and transcribed Civil War era Harper's Weekly magazines for the web. The October 11th and October 25th, 1862 issues, in particular, feature engravings from Waud's work at the battle. We have a number of Waud drawings in our Battle Illustrations gallery.

Birth Date: 10/2/1828    Place of Birth: London, ENGLAND    
Death Date: 4/6/1891    Death Place: Marietta, GA    Burial Place: Saint James Episcopal Cemetery, Marietta, GA


1   Dodge, Russ, and Jim Tipton (founder), A.J. Marik, et al., FInd A Grave, Published 1995, first accessed 01 January 2000, <http://www.findagrave.com/>, Source page: /cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7389662&pt=Alfred%20Waud  [AotW citation 203]

2   US Library of Congress, Selected Civil War Photographs Collection, Published c 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html>, Source page: /cgi-bin/query  [AotW citation 204]

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