22 1/2 × 17 in. (57.2 × 43.2 cm)
Framed: 24 1/16 × 18 3/4 in. (61.1 × 47.6 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Artist-journalist Johannes Oertel showed the effects of the ongoing Civil War in this 1862 image. Describing the scene of men released from medical care, he said, “[T]hey were on their way to the railway station near the Capitol, and belonged to different regiments, representing nearly all the states, and were in every variety of garb. You will perceive they are not in Broadway fashion. The soldier who has seen service is a different looking object from the trim gent he was when he left home.” The half-built Capitol dome in the background hints at the unfinished job ahead for these recovered soldiers and the United States Army.