The Graduate Center - City University of New York

"Maryland and Pennsylvania farmers visiting the battlefield of Antietam while the national troops were burying the dead and carrying off the wounded, Friday, Sept. 10."

As the war progressed and artist-reporters experienced battle firsthand, their illustrations often became more realistic. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper "special artist" Francis Schell sketched the carnage after the September 17, 1862 twelve-hour battle of Antietam (also known as Sharpsburg), which left 23,000 soldiers dead, wounded, or missing. His drawing also recorded the morbid curiosity of local Maryland inhabitants.

Creator: Francis H. Schell

Date: October 18, 1862

Publisher: Frank Leslie's illustrated Newspaper

Source: American Social History Project