The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty, 1863-By Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer (1836-1970), who often tackled subjects that were taboo for late 19th century mainstream America, such as African American genre scenes, women’s work outside the home and the pitfalls of the bourgeoisie, captured the essence of the new modern age.
Homer’s compositional style choice for A Sharp Shooter on Picket Duty (pictured) strays from the traditional battle scenes of the day. Rather than representing a group of soldiers in the heat of combat, he simply depicts a solitary figure using the new technology of the day- the modern rifle- studied and poised to take out his target, a target that remains outside of the canvas and unknown to the viewer.
Confederate Soldiers Could Not be Buried in National Cemeteries, Nor Were They Afforded Any Benefits From the United States Government For Many Decades after the End of the Civil War-1906
Private organizations, especially women’s organizations established in former Confederate states after the war, assumed responsibility for Confederate reburials.
When the reburial corps in the late 1860s found the remains of Confederate soldiers lying near those of Union soldiers, they removed the Union soldiers but left the Confederates’ bodies. Because identification of remains was difficult at best, many Confederate soldiers were reburied in national cemeteries, unintentionally as Union soldiers.
“A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of the earth, for the labours of men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakable difference among the future widening of knowledge: a spot where the definiteness of early memories may be inwrought with affection, and kindly acquaintance with all neighbors, even to the dogs and donkeys, may spread not by sentimental effort and reflection, but as a sweet habit of the blood.”
― George Eliot
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, first Congressperson to officially describe her religion as “none,” is sworn in not on the Bible, but on the document she’s actually supposed to be protecting and upholding—the Constitution.
Edit: She’s also the first openly bisexual Congressperson. (via eyesdriftskyward)
[Fun fact: James Madison remains the only president to take his oath of office on a book of laws, rather than the Bible.]
While making no commentary on the religious angle at play, doesn’t it seem like using the U.S. Constitution for swearing-ins makes a lot more sense, as a function of government?
Although this is a cover and Landslide is covered by alot of artists, this version always gets me.