Feature Articles

April 2014

SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers View of an Artist at War

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum in Columbia, SC, is presenting An Artist’s Story: Civil War Drawings of Edwin Forbes, on view through Aug. 15, 2014.

Like thousands of young men, twenty-three-year-old John Edwin Forbes went to war in 1862, but he did not shoulder a rifle or carry a saber. A classically trained artist, Forbes joined a group of reporters known collectively as the Bohemian Brigade. Sent south by northern newspapers, they fed a home front population hungry for information about the war and the men engaged in it. For two and a half years Forbes documented the Union and Confederate armies in Virginia in camp, on the march, and in battle.

The exhibition features a selection of his intriguing drawings. Accompanied by Forbes’s own descriptions, this exhibition features original pen-and-ink drawings based on his wartime sketches and used to illustrate his memoir, “Thirty Years After: An Artist’s Story of the Great War (1890)”.

An Artist’s Story is a traveling exhibition organized by the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA.

The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum shares space with the SC State Museum, located at 301 Gervais Street, next to the Congaree River in Columbia.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 803/737-8095 or visit (www.crr.sc.gov).

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