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Offering of Bells to be Cast into Cannon

Artist
Adalbert John Volck, 14 Apr 1828 - 26 Mar 1912
Date
1864
Type
Print
Medium
Transfer lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 15.6 × 21.3 cm (6 1/8 × 8 3/8")
Sheet: 24.2 × 30.3 cm (9 1/2 × 11 15/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.79.95.S
Exhibition Label
The resources of the agricultural South by and large were scarce compared to the ample supplies of goods enjoyed in the industrial North. The South had less of everything, from table salt to weapons, as depicted in this sketch. A clergyman offers up the bells from his church, seen in the background, to a Confederate officer so that the metal, preferably bronze, could be cast into cannons. As seen in the lower left corner, the townspeople also donated andirons, kettles, and candlesticks to the southern cause.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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