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Civil War Illustrations by H. A. Ogden

Posted By on October 13, 2011

Henry Alexander Ogden (1856-1936) was a Philadelphia-born illustrator of historical subjects who, for many years was an employee of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in New York.  He made a reputation for himself by traveling extensively throughout the American west and Europe and sending back more than 200 illustrations used in Leslie’s.  After 1881, Ogden worked free-lance and obtained a contract with the United States Army to produce historical drawings representing the various official military uniforms throughout American history.  He was also a prolific book illustrator and as such, was contracted to produce eight historical pieces in water color representing significant events in the Civil War.  These Civil War paintings were published in folios that became part of the War Memorial Association’s commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War in 1911.  All told, there were 16 sections to the volume that was produced with Ogden’s paintings comprising the color illustrations for the first eight sections.

The other eight sections of the book had color plates that had previously been published years earlier as part of a series produced by the printing house of Louis Prang of Boston.

For his efforts, Ogden received credit on the title page.

In addition to the Ogden original paintings and Prang reproductions, the volume is filled with examples of wartime photography, much of it attributed to Brady and his colleagues.

The Gratz Historical Society possesses a first edition of this fiftieth anniversary commemoration entitled, A History of the Civil War, 1861-1865, and the Causes that Led Up to the Great Conflict, by Benson J. Lossing.  The Society has photographed the sixteen plates for reference and research purposes and low resolution scans of each of the Ogden paintings are presented below. Each painting has been digitally “matted” and “framed” for this web “exhibit.”  Click on the images to enlarge these low resolution scans.  High resolution scans are available for viewing and research purposes at the Gratz Historical Society.


Grant in the Wilderness – May 5, 1864


Sheridan at Five Forks – April 1, 1865


Sherman at Kenesaw Mountain – October 4, 1864


Thomas at Chickamauga – September 20, 1863


Hooker at Chancellorsville – May 3, 1863


Meade at Gettysburg – July 2, 1863


McClellan at Antietam – September 17, 1862


Burnside at Fredericksburg – December 13, 1862



6 Responses to “Civil War Illustrations by H. A. Ogden”

  1. Marshall Barrington says:

    I have a pic by H.A.Ogden. The name on it is “Officers & Enlisted Men of Cavalry, Full Dress, Mounted”. Can’t find it anywhere. Any info on this pic please post. Thank you.

  2. cournal canada says:

    I have a print dated 1895 copyright- flags,uniforms, currency & arms of the revolution. I need information on its worth. thank you.

  3. Paula says:

    I have two prints by H.A. Ogden, Brigadier general S.B.Holabird Quarter master general u.s. army and over coats and capes officers and enlisted men. Do you have any information? Thank you Paula Lyons

  4. jay says:

    I have those same 8 prints framed that were my grandfathers cpyright 1897 knight&brown in appaers to be oil are they the ones talked about in the verbage above are they worth anything i might be interrested in selling them?

  5. Bonnie Schroder says:

    I have a H A Ogden depiction a bride coming home to the plantation, it shows a carriage the family and well dress black help. I believe it to be a lithograph, could very well be a print.


  6. Debbie Stapleton says:

    I have an H A Ogden painting/lithograph depicting a bride & groom coming home to the plantation. Family members, well dressed Black help, a young Black boy holding the dog and a little girl handing the bride a bouquet of red flowers are greeting them. The carriage with door still open and Black driver are on the right. I’ve had this painting for at least 30 years. Can you tell me the value of this painting/lithograph? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Debbie Stapleton

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