~ Tribute to the Sacrifices of the Women of the Confederacy ~
“BURIAL OF LATANE” New York: Published 1868 by William Pate (copyright by W. H. Chase). Mixed-media engraving by A. G. Campbell after a painting by William D. Washington. (Ref: Neely, Holzer & Boritt, The Confederate Image, pp. ix-xiii - illustrated). “ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ICONS OF THE LOST CAUSE”.
This engraving depicts the burial of William D. Latane, a cavalry captain under J.E.B. Stuart. Latane was killed June 13, 1862 during a charge north of Richmond. The “Mistress of Westwood Plantation” promised Latane’s brother that she would see him buried as reverently as if he were her own. With the help of her sister-in-law from Summer Hill, she had their slaves construct a coffin and prepare Latane’s body. No other men, not even a minister could be found - so the women buried him at Summer Hill - attended by their slaves and children. “Campbell’s engraving was a tribute to the sacrifices of the heroic women of the Confederacy…by capturing both the universal sorrow over so many young men lost in war and the valor of Southern women left behind to raise families, maintain homes, and cope with emergencies, the picture registered an emotional impact on several levels” (Neely, Holzer & Boritt, pp. xii-xiii).
(Image: 23 ½ x 31 ¾’’)
Image size is approximately 23 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches.