Help support TMP

"Artists Who Lost Their Lives on the Battlefield" Topic

1 Post

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the General Historical Discussion Message Board

Areas of Interest


Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Profile Article

Return to Fernando Enterprises

We're trying to keep up with Fernando Enterprises - here they are in their new home!

229 hits since 12 May 2020
©1994-2020 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2020 3:48 p.m. PST

"During the American Civil War, Irish-born James R. O'Neill, who at one time or another made his living as an actor, comedian, or landscape artist, worked for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper as an artist-correspondent in the war's Western theater—especially Oklahoma, southern Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas—sending reports, cartoons, and the occasional sketch to the home office in New York City. Even before entering the fray, O'Neill had been painting scenes of the war copied from engravings he had seen in Leslie's for a panopticon (a large panorama) that was first exhibited in October 1861. The only sketch that bore his signature—of a Union cavalry charge at Honey Springs, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), on July 17, 1863—was published in Leslie's some five weeks after the battle.

In early October 1863, O'Neill found himself near Fort Baxter, a small Union post in Kansas, as he traveled with a Union detachment accompanying Major General James G. Blunt. On October 6, a band of Quantrill's Raiders under the command of William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson attacked the fort, but its defenders repulsed the Confederate guerrillas. Moving out into the prairie, Anderson's forces, disguised as Federal soldiers, found Blunt's detachment and virtually wiped it out, summarily executing and scalping those they captured, including O'Neill. He is the only artist known to have been killed during the Civil War…"
Main page


Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.