Civil War Battlefield Art and a Nude Ben Franklin

In studying our history for 44 PLAYS FOR PRESIDENTS you find a lot of sad things, and a lot of ridiculous things also, so I present two for you.

I found this beautiful National Geographic exhibit on Civil War Battlefield Art that was created during the Civil War. Here’s their description:

“Living alongside the troops, combat illustrators risked death, injury, and disease to convey the blow-by-blow of battle with pencil and pen, charcoal, and crayon. Their work, sketched in the direst of circumstances, shows terrible violence but also moments of surprising grace.”

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/05/civil-war-sketches/art-gallery

That’s a lot to take in…so also, there’s this…a nice article about how the founding fathers may have spent a great deal of time nude:

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100702/LIFE/7020305&cid=sitesearch

Comedy and Tragedy, right?

Sean

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