The Battle of Pittsburg, Tenn. April 7th 1862, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Battle scene in foreground. American flag held right of center. Canons center background. Soldier and horse lying on ground forefront. Mounted soldiers leading charge in center – armies to left and right.

The two-day battle at Pittsburg Landing in Tennessee (also referred to as the Battle of Shiloh) occurred on April 6 and 7, 1862. The encounter involved about 65,000 Union and 44,000 Confederate troops. It resulted in nearly 24,000 killed, wounded and missing. The battle proved to be a decisive victory for the Union forces when they advanced on and seized control of the Confederate railway system at Corinth, Mississippi. The tragic losses of the battle were dramatic and Currier & Ives theatrically staged the composition of this print by framing a fallen soldier and his horse with three Union officers. In the background, the battle rages and smoke fills the air.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
1862
Medium
Hand-colored lithograph
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 11 inches
Credit
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
Accession Number
2004.D03.189
On View?
No
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