- Enjoy all of the Adolph Metzner Civil War Collection drawings. (There are 120 scans of the 137 drawings as in some cases, there is more than one drawing on the same surface.)
- View all of the photographs from the Metzner photograph album.
- Explore other Civil War drawings in the Prints and Photographs Division by different artists.
- For more information about Metzner and his work, grab a copy of the book Blood Shed in this War: Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner (Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2010) [catalog record].
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
As an admirer of Civil War drawings, a recently digitized collection of drawings by Adolph G. Metzner piqued by interest. The difference in style from many other drawings of the time, along with the richness of color, drew me in to learn more about this man and his artwork.
Born August 13, 1834 in southwestern Germany, Adolph Metzner immigrated to the United States in 1856. Shortly after the start of the Civil War, Metzner joined the First German, Thirty-Second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, fighting for three years on the western front of the war.
During the years with his regiment, Metzner sketched on any material available, drawing everything from portraits of his comrades to scenes of battle and death.
One of the reasons I enjoy Civil War drawings is they can be a better medium for capturing movement, action, or emotion as opposed to the photographs of the era. As an example, for me, the drawing below really gives the viewer a sense of the misery of marching in the mud and rain and how inglorious war can be.
Another aspect of these drawings that I find intriguing is how they complement the photograph album of Adolph Metzner that Helen Metzner gave to the Library of Congress 60 years before it acquired the drawings. The album consists photographic portraits of the 32nd Indiana Regiment collected by Metzner. With both the photo album and the drawings, the observer can get different perspectives of the men in the regiment. For example, I am tickled by the contrast between the formal photographic portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Karl Friedrich Heinrich von Trebra and the caricature drawn by Metzner.
As another example, the drawings give us a glimpse into the personalities of otherwise unknown people such as Private Jacob Labinsky who he labels in the drawing as “The Camp Comedian.”
Metzner’s 137 drawings constitute the largest collection of drawings from the Civil War’s western front campaigns so far in the Library of Congress collections. You can enjoy all 137 Adolph Metzner drawings with me as they are now digitized and currently available for viewing or downloading in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
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Monday, July 3, 2017
Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on "Mammoth Palace Steamers" in the heyday of the side wheelers and night boats. The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. For many years, it was the preferred route to take for travel between the two major cities. The line was extremely popular, and its steamboats were some of the most advanced and luxurious of their day.
The Fall River operation, then called the Bay State Steamboat Company, was launched in 1847, backed, among others, by members of the famous Borden family (otherwise celebrated for their sinewy if ill-tempered connection. Lizzie, of ax-wielding parenticide-fame).
Kursk is an upcoming English-language French-Belgian drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg based on Robert Moore's book A Time to Die, about the true story of the 2000 Kursk (K-141) submarine disaster, in which 118 Russian sailors died. It stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max Von Sydow, Matthias Schweighöfer and Michael Nyqvist, (who died this week). wikipedia
For years fans have been begging Adidas to release a version of the customized Roms Steve Zissou (played by Bill Murray) wears in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic. Well, the company quietly fulfilled our dreams last weekend — releasing 100 limited-edition pairs… keep reading
Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon's grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, film-maker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale
Posted by The Guardian on Friday, June 30, 2017
Sometime in the 1980s, Caspar Salmon's grandmother was invited to a gathering on the Welsh island of Anglesey, attended exclusively by people with fish surnames. Or so he says. Thirty years later, film-maker Charlie Lyne attempts to sort myth from reality as he searches for the truth behind this fishy tale. from The Guardian (via Facebook)
The National Archives blog (UK) – In June 1667, the Dutch fleet forced its way up the river Medway to the main naval base at Chatham. There the Dutch destroyed a number of the most powerful and valuable British warships and captured the fleet flagship, Royal Charles, named after the reigning monarch, Charles II. This was a great blow to the king's image – the warships were powerful symbols of national prestige.
At this time, the Dutch Republic (the United Provinces of the Netherlands) was the leading seaborne trading nation. Intense British-Dutch maritime rivalry led to three wars within less than 25 years (1652-1674).
The Medway Raid is one of the greatest humiliations in British naval/military history, and as a defeat, is little-remembered today. It is, though, a central episode in the diary of Samuel Pepys and is seen as the last of a 'triple whammy' of disasters, following the Great Plague (1665) and the Great Fire of London (1666).
see also: A Life Laid Bare; Samuel Pepys, Writer & Diarist on The Guardian's Review of Books
After 168 days and 12 hours at sea, a small sailboat built by high school students in Kennebunk washed ashore in Scotland after traveling thousands of miles.
The 5-foot boat washed up on Balivanich Airport Beach on the island of Benbecula, where it was found Friday by John and Angelika Dawson, tourists from British Columbia, as they were walking their dog. The couple notified local police, who called the Scottish coast guard. keep reading
What if the Nazis had invaded America? Maps reveal how Hitler could have attacked the U.S. (as imagined by 1942 issue of Life magazine)
Imperial German plans for the invasion of the United States were ordered by Germany's Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II from 1897 to 1903. Wilhelm II did not intend to conquer the US; he wanted only to reduce the country's influence.
His planned invasion was supposed to force the US to bargain from a weak position; to sever its growing economic and political connections in the Pacific, the Caribbean and South America; and to increase Germany's influence in those places.
The first plan, made in the winter of 1897–1898, mainly targeted American naval bases in Hampton Roads (in an attempt) to reduce and constrain the US Navy and threaten Washington, D.C… keep reading
"The Mariner's Revenge Song" is a song by The Decemberists from their 2005 album Picaresque. The story begins as the narrator, one of two survivors stranded in the belly of a whale, explains to his companion how (previously unknown) how their lives came to be interwoven.
Mariner's Revenge has been one of the Decemberists' most popular live performances, and has been played at virtually every live show as an encore since its release. more
Weird History – Macabre Mermaid Tales Pulled From The Darkest Depths Of The Sea
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