Heroes And Heroines Of The War Essay

5095 Words Dec 15th, 2016 21 Pages
This specific document titled “Heroes and Heroines of the War” was created by Thomas Nast in 1864. Thomas Nast was born on September 27, 1840 in Germany, but six years later his family moved to New York to start a fresh life. Even from a young age, Nast was an avid drawer who later in life would make his greatest ambition into an occupation. He began his career as a political cartoon artist for the Leslie’s Illustrated in 1855 and then in 1859 continued his passion of illustrating at Harper’s Weekly. His work as an artist made a profound effect on many individuals and impacted how America pondered certain subjects. Nast was a dedicated northerner who believed the southern people were enemies who did not care for anything else, but themselves. Nast was a strong supporter of Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency and with the aid of his artistic ability, touched the American’s hearts, Lincoln was elected in 1860. When the Civil War had begun after Lincoln’s presidency in 1861, Nast promoted the victory of the union soldiers.[1] Many northern men in the battle were lost from infected small, grazed wounds that could have been prevented with proper medical care. Nast recognized the importance of the U.S. Sanitary Commission that was established to reduce the casualties from infection. To honor these brave and selfless group of women who became nurses to help their fellow men, he created this document that would illustrate what they performed to assist the soldiers on and off the…

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