James Earl Taylor
(1839 - 1901)
James Earl Taylor was active/lived in New York, Ohio. James Taylor is known for Civil War newspaper artist, western frontier watercolor sketches.
Biography James Earl Taylor
James Taylor was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the age of 16. By 18, he had painted a panorama of the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in the Tenth New York Infantry (National Zouaves) in 1861. While a soldier, he sent his battlefield drawings to Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and was hired as a "special artist" when he left the army in 1863. For the remainder of the war, he traveled with the Union Army in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina focusing particularly on panoramas of battles and the settings of the war. Leslie's published 61 of his wartime drawings.
After the war, Taylor traveled to the West with the Indian Peace Commission, and his drawings
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