In 1861 Edwin Forbes was hired as a staff artist by "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper." He covered the Army of the Potomac from 1862-1864, and was known for his ability to draw quickly. His primary interest was in recording the everyday activity of soldiers. Plate 27, is from his publication "Life Studies of the Great Army." The five sketches are: A Hot Day; A Beef Steak, Rare!; A Straggler; A Quiet Nibble on the Cavalry Skirmish Line; An Orderly
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