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How do you create a portrait of war?
Perhaps you could describe a battle scene, photograph the aftermath, or depict the upheaval of a country by painting the “coming storm.” Could you describe a soldier’s thoughts? Detail a city overwrought with the battle-torn? Maybe you read, absorb, and portray the writings of a long-ago author whose works reflect a nation torn in two by a civil war.
These are all “portraits of war.” The Civil War was fought 150 years ago—fought with cannons, muskets, and sabers. But what are its connections to today?