The National Portrait Gallery Presents ONE LIFE: GRANT AND LEE, Begins Today
Robert E. Lee-a polished and seemingly invincible Confederate commander in the East-encountered Ulysses S. Grant-a rough and tumble soldier who had surprising success in the West-in the Virginia campaigns of 1864 and 1865. As generals and as men, Grant and Lee influenced both the course of the Civil War and the American culture that came after.
"One Life: Grant and Lee" uses portrait photography, documentary drawings and artists' renderings of important events during the final year of the war in the East. The show also includes death masks of each man, as well as "Skirmish in the Wilderness" by Winslow Homer, an exciting loan from the New Britain Museum of American Art.
This exhibition has been made possible by the Guenther and Siewchin Yong Sommer Endowment Fund and Roger Mudd.
Open July 4, 2014, through May 25, 2015
This special installation of "One Life" considers two lives that were intertwined during the Civil War.
Photo Credit: Ulysses S. Grant by John C. McRae. Etching and engraving, c. 1865; Robert E. Lee by William Sartain. Mezzotint on paper, c. 1865. Both images: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.