The American Civil War
I am excited to present a special collaboration between myself and kakado_to_save. It became quite obvious that my skills in photo editing are severely lacking – so instead of spending hours upon hours practicing, I decided to just collaborate with one of the best photo editors I could think of. Fortunately, kakado was kind enough to help me out, and I think the results speak for themselves. I merely tinkered around in SC4 – kakado was able to bring these images to life.
My goal was to use a real life image, either a photo, drawing or painting, and attempt to re-create the scene in SC4. I am happy with the results, and I hope you enjoy them too.
So, without further ado…
In the early morning of April 12th 1861, confederate batteries began firing on Fort Sumter after the union forces within the fort refused to surrender. The bloodiest conflict in American History had begun.
The confederate barrage lasted for 34 hours
On April 13th the union forces were forced to surrender. Amazingly, there were no casualties throughout the battle despite the fact that the fort was in complete ruins.
On July 21st 1861 the union and confederate armies in Virginia faced off for the first time. It was widely believed that the Union army would defeat the confederate soldiers in battle and open up the way to Richmond, the Confederate capital, and end the war quickly.
But the confederate line held, and a strong counterattack broke through the union lines, sending the routed Union army fleeing back to the safety of Washington, DC. The realization of a long, bloody war soon became apparent.
On April 6th 1862 the confederate army attacked an unprepared Federal force commanded by Ulysses S. Grant. The Southern rebels were initially successful, and the fighting continued all day and through the night.
The next morning, the reinforced Union army counterattacked and overwhelmed the smaller Confederate force. With more than 23,000 casualties, Shiloh was the bloodiest battle of the civil war up to that point.
The Union Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia faced off on September 17th 1862, producing the bloodiest day in American military history.
The battle was fought near Sharpsburg, Maryland over three days – and despite the fact that the result was more or less a draw, President Abraham Lincoln used the ‘victory’ to go forward with the Emancipation Proclamation, which would make the abolition of slavery a primary goal of the Civil War.
To be continued…