I’ve spent the past few hours browsing through an incredible website that focuses on Civil War art. The website is called The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Area Collections. I am also very happy to have them on board as Civil War Memory’s newest sponsor. This site is incredible. Check out this gouache of the assault by the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry at Battery Wagner by Suzanne Schweig Langsdorf, which was done in 1940. I’ve never seen it before. When you expand the image on the website there is a feature that opens up a window that allows you to focus on specific sections in great detail. Each image includes a short description and a set of questions for classroom use. In addition, the site includes a page of ideas for classroom projects, which will hopefully be expanded in the future.
I can’t wait to use some of these images in the classroom this year.