John Badger Bachelder “The Army of the Potomac” Lithographic Proof. Published by John Badger Bachelder, circa 1863. Bachelder’s studies of Civil War battle scenes are considered to be among the most accurate depictions of events. This study captures wagon trains of the Army of the Potomac fording Bear Creek, en route from Chickahominy to James River, Virginia during the Seven Days fight. This spectacular litho is slightly tinted and has some modest foxing in the margins not affecting the work. Though an accomplished artist, photographer, and lithographer, John Badger Bachelder is probably best known for his work in preserving and documenting the Gettysburg battlefield. To this end he served from 1883 to 1887 as the Superintendent of Tablets and Legends for the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, and is probably responsible more than any man for the placement of monuments and battlefield markers, both Union and Confederate.
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