The Graduate Center - City University of New York

"The Battle of Antietam—Carrying off the wounded after the battle."

The October 11, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly included an engraving showing volunteers ministering to wounded Union soldiers on the Antietam battlefield in September 1862. The all too common sight of an amputation on the left side of the engraving was actually a carefully repositioned view compared to the sketch drawn at the scene by Harper's Weekly special artist Alfred R. Waud. In the original sketch, the wounded soldier's body was turned 180 degrees so that the viewer was directly confronted by the grisly evidence of warfare.

Creator: Alfred R. Waud

Date: October 11, 1862

Publisher: Harper's Weekly

Source: American Social History Project