In 1862, a 23 year old illustrator named Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) signed up to travel with the Union Army. During the course of the war, he made many illustrations of ordinary life rather than big, spectacular battles.
Today, several of Forbes' illustrations can be seen at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. The exhibit opened at the Relic Room on March 15 and can be seen until August 15. The exhibit comes to the Relic Room from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Va.
"This deals with everyday life rather than battle scenes." said Jami Boone, the Relic Room's curator of Exhibits and design.
These illustrations were used by Forbes in his memoir: Thirty Years After: An Artist's Story of the Great War published in 1890. They were part of a collection of 136 drawings given to the Virginia Historical Society by the W.R Berkley Family in 2008.
The exhibit can be seen as part of the Regular admission. Details of admission are available here here.
The Relic Room is located at 301 Gervais Street in the same building as the South Carolina State Museum. The Relic Room is located at the far end of the atrium,
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