The U.S. Civil War, sharpshooters and Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, “The Army of the Potomac—A Sharpshooter on Picket Duty,” 1862, wood engraving, illustration in Harper’s Weekly (November 15, 1862, Smithsonian American Art Museum) A conversation between Sarah Alvarez and Dr. Kimberly Kutz Elliott 


Additional resources

Learn about how printing worked in this period in Victorian Illustrators: From Sketch to Print

Explore the Winslow Homer Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Read about News and the Civil War at the American Antiquarian Society

Discover how Homer’s work for Harper’s Weekly helped shape his later career as a painter

Cite this page as: Dr. Kimberly Kutz Elliott and Sarah Alvarez, "The U.S. Civil War, sharpshooters and Winslow Homer," in Smarthistory, April 12, 2021, accessed September 27, 2023,