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 William Waud  (1830 - 1878)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey / England      Known for: Civil War reportorial-western genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in England, probably London, William Waud trained as an architect and became an assistant to Sir Joseph Paxton in the construction of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition in 1851. Soon afterward he joined his brother, Alfred Waud in America where William was first employed with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. The Civil War was beginning.

Waud covered numerous assignments in the South including the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy. He also recorded the bombardment of Fort Sumter, making it a scoop for Leslie's. After the war officially started, he was confined to the activities of the Union troops. He accompanied Admiral Farragut's fleet in the expedition against New Orleans.

In 1864, he left Leslie's and joined Harper's where assignments included General Sherman's invasion of the Carolinas and the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865. He followed the funeral train, reporting at the various stops on the way to Springfield, Illinois for the burial.

Many of his works including about 2300 Civil War field sketches are in the Waud Collection in the Library of Congress. Many of these have been redrawn on lithographic blocks for publication.

The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000, by Walter Reed
The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West by Peggy and Harold Samuels.

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