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Conrad Wise Chapman
Born (1842-02-14)February 14, 1842
Washington, DC, USA
Died December 10, 1910(1910-12-10) (aged 68)
Hampton, Virginia
Nationality American

Conrad Wise Chapman (1842-1910)[1] was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Europe where his father, John Gadsby Chapman, was working as an artist.


In 1861 he returned to America and enlisted in Company D, Third Kentucky Infantry, Confederate. He was wounded in Shiloh along with seeing action in Mississippi and Louisiana, before a transfer to the 46th Virginia at the request of his father to Henry Alexander Wise. While in the 46th was in Charleston, South Carolina, he was commissioned to create thirty one paintings of the city's defenses by Brig. Gen. Thomas Jordan, chief of staff to commanding Gen. General Beauregard. This was part of a campaign by Beauregard to increase support for his ideas about the defense of the harbor in the Confederate government.[2]

In 1863, he was transferred to the 59th Virginia Infantry, as an ordnance sergeant.[3] In 1864, Conrad was furloughed for six months and traveled to Italy. After the end of the war, unable to reconcile to the Confederacy's loss, Conrad traveled to Mexico for a short while. He moved his family to Richmond in 1898 around which time he sold 31 paintings to then Confederate Memorial Literary Society, which later became the Museum of the Confederacy.[4]

Conrad created art while he was in active duty during the Civil War. While there were several artists on the Union side who captured the war in painting, which were also active, this was not the case on the Confederate side.[3][5]



  1. About the artists
  2. Man behind the mission
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harvey, Eleanor Jones (2012). The Civil War and American Art. Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum. pp. 130–146. ISBN 978-0-937311-98-1. 
  4. "Father and Son: The Works of John Gadsby Chapman and Conrad Wise Chapman". Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  5. "Conrad Wise Chapman". The Kent State University Press. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

Further reading

  • Bassham, Ben L. Conrad Wise Chapman: Artist & Soldier of the Confederacy. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1998. ISBN 0873385934 OCLC 37509922
  • Chapman, Conrad Wise, and Ben L. Bassham. Ten Months in the "Orphan Brigade": Conrad Wise Chapman's Civil War Memoir. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1999. ISBN 0873386388 OCLC 40359330
  • Chapman, Conrad Wise, Ben L. Bassham, and Ruben Charles Cordova. Conrad Wise Chapman: Mexican light, 1865-1910. Nueva York: Galería Ramis Barquet, 2005. OCLC 62190341
  • Stevenson, Lauralee Trent. Confederate Soldier Artists: Painting the South's War. Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Pub, 1998. ISBN 157249073X OCLC 37903532

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