Andrew W. Warren, Special Artist for Harpers Weekly
Andrew W. Warren was born in Chenango County, New York, in 1834 and studied drawing and landscape painting under noted New York City artist Tompkins H. Matteson. During the last year of the Civil War, Warren worked as a special artist for Harper's Weekly with the Army of the Potomac toward the end of the Petersburg Campaign. His first woodcut sketches appear in the November 5, 1864 issue. Immediately after the war, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Drawing at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, but he resigned in 1872 because of failing health. He died of consumption within the year at the age of 39. [from Warren's obituary in the Chenango Union, July 24, 1873.]
"CAPTURE OF REBEL FORT IN FRONT OF PETERSBURG BY THE ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-EIGHTH PENNSYLVANIA, OCTOBER 27, 1864," sketched by A. W. Warren. This drawing depicts a trench raid conducted against Davidson's Battery on the Baxter Road by 100 volunteers from the 148th Pennsylvania. The small force was soon driven out of the works. Capt. Jeremiah Zachariah Brown, Co. K, was awarded a Medal of Honor in the action.
LC 20887. Inscribed on verso: The 1st Div 5th Corps charging some temporary breastworks of logs piled against trees on the morning of Tuesday 7th Feb. Thick pine woods. The ground smooth and covered with fine leaves. A.R.W. Near Hatchers Run. The Library of Congress attributes this drawing to A. R. Waud, but the published print above makes clear that Warren was the artist.
LC 21152. Rebel fort & line of works near Burgess Mills evacuated by the rebels this morning. Title inscribed on verso. Inscribed on verso under title: The 6th Corps flanked them out./ AR.W./ 2n Apr. 65,/ On my way to Petersburgh.[sic]. Inscribed on recto, indicating key Spots: Woods. Pines. Oaks. Pines. Fort. abbatis 4 lines of abbattis. Breastworks. Cherry. Well. Plaster & bricks. Old house frame. Gift, J.P. Morgan, 1919 (DLC/PP-1919:R1.2.282) Reference print available in the Civil War Drawings file 1865. Forms part of: Morgan collection of Civil War drawings. The Library of Congress seems to have mis-attributed this to A. R. Waud.