site logo
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 Antietam

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.

On the 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 rest 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 & notes

Life dates and basic biography from Find a Grave.1 The photo above is part of a photograph taken by James Gardner at Brandy Station, VA 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.


10/2/1828; London, ENGLAND


04/06/1891; Marietta, GA; burial in 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, <>, 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, <>, Source page: /cgi-bin/query  [AotW citation 204]