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William Winner : Antietam Battlefield Burnside's Bridge,
William Winner (Antietam Battlefield Burnside's Bridge,)

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Artist: William Winner
Title: Antietam Battlefield Burnside's Bridge,
Year: c. 1865
Media: Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches
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Description: Inscribed on reverse: "Burnsides'[sic] Bridge,/Antietam battle Field,/From Nature,/by W.E. Winner/Phila-"

William E. Winner was probably born in Philadelphia where be began to exhibit at the Artists' Fund Society in 1836. He exhibited regularly at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was elected a member of the group in 1860. Winner was in Charlestown, South Carolina, in December 1848, where a local newspaper reported that he was painting portraits and exhibiting a biblical subject. He was elected an honorary member of the National Academy of Design, New York, in 1850, where he exhibited from 1844 to 1875. Winner also exhibited at the Apollo Association and the American Art Union in New York, and the Boston Athenaeum.

This painting represents a bridge that became the strategic focal point of the Battle of Antietam that was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in September 1862. A small number of Confederate soldiers from Georgia held off repeated attempts by the Union Army to take the bridge by force. After some delay, regiments from Pennsylvania and New York under the command of Major General Ambrose Burnside seized it, thus enabling the Union to proceed with its attack. The bridge, which now bears Burnside's name, is a major tourist attraction at Antietam National Battlefield. Winner, who served in the 95th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, made an exceptionally accurate representation of the bridge and its setting.


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