"The Fate of a Coward", The Drumming-Out of Patrick Cronin of the 25th Massachusetts Volunteers, New Berne, North Carolina

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Graphite on paper
Overall: 6 3/8 x 10 in. ( 16.2 x 25.4 cm ) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Inscribed along lower edge in graphite: "The fate of a coward. Drumming out at Newbern of Patrick Cronin / of Worcester. Co. E / 25th Mass / See Herald"
Civil War Drawings Collection. Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper 17 May 1862 (XIV:342):53, with the title "Burnside Expedition--Incidents of War, No.2-- Scene at Newbern--Drumming a Coward Out of Camp." Also used in Harper's Weekly, June 28, 1862, slightly altered foreground, as "DRUMMING OUT OF A COWARD FROM GENERAL BURNSIDE'S ARMY.", pg. 412, accompanied by the following article, pg. 411: "CAMP PUNISHMENTS. ON page 412 we illustrate two of the punishments adopted in our army. One of the pictures represents the DRUMMING OUT OF A COWARD FROM GENERAL BURNSIDE'S ARMY. The fellow was marched through the lines between a file of soldiers, with his head cropped, and a large placard "coward" affixed to his back, while the band played the "Rogue's March."
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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Creative: Tronvig Group