• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Bringing the War of Independence to Life: 19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution


Washington Crossing the Delaware

W. K. Hewitt
Published by Nathaniel Currier

Bringing the War of Independence to Life:
19th Century Illustrations of the American Revolution
February 22 - April 28, 2014

This unique exhibit features 42 Revolutionary War illustrations from the private collection of Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. In the 19th century, a visual record of the Revolutionary War was created by artists whose drawings and paintings appeared in numerous publications, including periodicals, books and newspapers. Those illustrations served as both a form of entertainment and education to the general public who viewed them. Today, they continue to teach us not only about the history of our country, but also about the methods by which people and events of the Revolutionary Era were visually portrayed.

The exhibit contains images from 16 artists who illustrated a variety of events, battles and leaders of the American Revolution. It is being held by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in partnership with Valley Forge National Historical Park, Morristown National Historical Park and New Jersey's Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area.

Artists include:
John Trumbull, 1756-1843
John Warner Barber, 1798-1885
Felix O. C. Darley, 1822-1888
Alonzo Chappel, 1828-1887
Howard Pyle, 1853-1911
Frederick Coffay Yohn, 1875-1933
and more...

This exhibit will be on display at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, NJ from June 23 - August 26, 2014.

Did You Know?

soldiers marching

Precision marching was the key to victory on the 18th century battlefield. Inspector General Baron von Steuben made marching the central element of his training program at Valley Forge. By May the army was able to stay in formation while advancing and retreating over all types of ground.