Uprising of the North

Uprising of the North
This painting is based on a picture by Charles Parsons published in "Harper's Weekly" on April 19, 1862, the first anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. In a letter to the magazine, Parsons said he was trying to portray the loyal response of the state militias to President Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers after the southern forces' firing on Fort Sumter. Such a noble purpose, he said, necessitated the use of imagination and symbolism in the picture, not realistic detail. Images such as this did much to sustain support for the Civil War as casualties mounted and America weighed the cost of continuing the fight. That an unknown individual copied the image in greatly enlarged scale reinforces its patriotic appeal.
Physical dimensions: 
height 28.25 in ; width 34.75 in