The Graduate Center - City University of New York

"Brilliant charge of United States Cavalry through the village of Fairfax Court House, on May 31, 1861."

Early in the war, the artists working for the illustrated newspapers often drew highly romantic pictures of the fighting. Such feats as the cavalrymen in this Harper's Weekly engraving firing from the saddle were viewed with great amusement by soldiers in the field. The pictorial papers were popular among soldiers, who enjoyed seeing illustratrions of their exploits almost as much as they enjoyed criticizing the pictures' inaccuracies.

Date: June 15, 1861

Publisher: Harper's Weekly

Source: American Social History Project