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The Sleeping Sentinel

Creator:
Buffords' Print Publishing House
Location:
Massachusetts, Boston
Origin Date:
1861-1865
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 15 in x 11 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2855
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This colored lithograph depicts a young boy, probably in his late teens, seated beneath a tree and holding a rifle/bayonet. He has apparently fallen asleep. Tents of the military camp can be seen in the background. The title is printed in the margin below the image along with a verse that reads: "Without a murmur, he endured a service new and hard But wearied with a toilsome march, it chanced one night on guard, He sank, exhausted at this post and the grey morning found His prostrate form--a sentinel asleep upon the ground! Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum