From Hennessy, NPS.
Here’s another example of how we have used artwork to convey what I think are important messages.
These are two images of Fairview, in 1863 the home of the overseer of the Chancellor family’s slaves, James Moxley. The images, by Richard Schelcht, offer “before” and “after” images of the same place. They are used on side-by-side wayside exhibits. What I like about these images in tandem is that visually they convey a powerful message about the impact of the war on civilians and their homes–without us ever having to say a word (though of course we do throw the words around liberally anyway).
In the ongoing “debate” about using Civil War battlefields to tell a bigger story than just that of men in uniform, these images reflect the types of things we’re talking about. It’s not revolutionary. It doesn’t detract an iota from the story of the battle. And it tells us something both interesting and important about the effect of these battles had on the families that peopled these landscapes long before they were battlefields.
Here is the site today, with the exhibits in place.