The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck

March 30, 2012 – January 21, 2013

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Floor Plan

Having come to the United States in 1848 after Germany's failed revolution, Adalbert J. Volck settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Unusual for the politically liberal German émigrés, Volck sided with the Confederacy during the Civil War. A dentist by trade, his sympathies were with the southern cause. He produced pictorial propaganda that vilified President Abraham Lincoln, abolitionists, and Union soldiers in his publication Sketches from the Civil War in North America. On view are many of his original etchings and lithographs, as well as a copper plate used to print one of the images in the publication.