Original Author: Alfred R. Waud
Created: August 29, 1863
Medium: Pencil-and-Chinese white drawing on brown paper

Execution of Five deserters

An on-the-scene drawing made on August 29, 1863, shows a squad of soldiers firing upon five men (beyond the frame of the image) who had deserted from the 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac. A large assemblage of Union soldiers watches the execution from a distance. The artist, Alfred R. Waud, was then serving as a wartime illustrator for Harper's Weekly, a New York publication.