25 1/8 x 36 in. (63.8 x 91.4 cm)
Framed: 36 1/4 x 47 7/16 in. (92.1 x 120.5 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Taking a bird’s-eye view, Eastman shows the wreckage of Fort Sumter. Water collects beneath crumbling brick and fractured wooden structures, observing the prohibition on battle scenes as part of the House Committee on Military Affairs commission while still acknowledging the effects of the Civil War. Despite the scene of destruction, the sky is clearing, and a few individuals wander the remaining walls, suggesting the passage of conflict and potential for future rehabilitation.