The Wounded Scout. A Friend In The Swamp.

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Created by
Rogers, John, American, 1829 - 1904
Medium
paint on plaster
Dimensions
22 1/8 x 11 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (56.2 x 28.3 x 21 cm)
Type
sculpture
Place made
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
1864
Description
A cast and painted plaster sculptural group depicting an escaped enslaved man helping a wounded Union soldier. This genre scene depicts an injured soldier leaning against the formerly enslaved man, his head resting on the other man's shoulder. The soldier's right arm is wrapped in a tourniquet and hangs limply at his side. The formerly enslaved man stands tall, looking off into the distance, while he holds the scout's left arm and guides him forward with his right arm supporting the soldier's waist. The scout has a mustache and is in uniform, wearing a jacket and boots with a bag, cartridge box and a canteen, while the formerly enslaved man is bearded and barefoot, and is wearing a shirt tucked into pants, both of which are torn and tattered. The men are walking through long grasses and swamp plants. Next to the formerly enslaved man's left foot is a copperhead snake coiled to strike. At the front of the sculpture base is etched: [JOHN ROGERS / NEW YORK / THE WOUNDED SCOUT. / A FRIEND IN THE SWAMP.]. Inscribed on the verso of the base is: [PATENTED JUNE 28 1864]. On the bottom of the base is an incomplete inscription [REK].
Topic
African American
Antislavery
Art
Emancipation
Military
Politics (Practical)
Race relations
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2011.155.289
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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Classification
Visual Arts
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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