Jan 1, 2020
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The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Vol. 3
by Marek Bennett / ©2023 Comics Workshop
ON SALE DATE = 25 Jan. 2023
This book is funded by members of this Patreon (plus other readers+backers)! THANKS, PATRONS for making this long-running work possible... ~ M.
- May 2019: Getting Started on Vol. 3: "Draw, Don't Tell"
- Sept. 2019: Sarah Low's Letters on a Rainy Day
- FALL 2019: DC+Virginia Research Roadtrip Sketchbook
- March 2020: FCv2 = Finalist for awards!
- JULY 2020: VOL. 3 PROJECT INTRO >>
- Oct. 2021: Spreadsheet of Sections
- Veterans Day 2021: Garden Journal
- JAN '22: Series Completion Plan?
- Winter 2021-22 PROGRESS CHARTS >>
- MAY '22: ALMOST ALL the pages in VOL. 3...
+ KICKSTARTER Intro (Draft) + LAAAAAAUNCH! >>
- Memorial Day 2022
- JULY 2022: Freeman Colby @ the Nat'l Book Festival?!
- SEPT. 2022: Cover Drafts + Cover Design!
- OCT. '22: To the Printer... + eProof (& Sneak Preview!)
- FINAL PROOFS >>
- NOV. 2022:
- GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS >>
- ONLY Colby (Demo Book)
- November News (Side Projects!) >>
- DEC. 2022: Choosing Maps
- Poster (& Source) Gallery
- 13 DEC. 2022:
THE BOOKS ARRIVE.
- PATRON REWARDS!
- Signing & Sketching & Shipping
The CIVIL WAR DIARY of FREEMAN COLBY
VOLUME 3: January-May, 1864
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
- Selected Characters.
- Map of Environs, 1864.
Mitchell's Station, Virginia / January 1864 (p.1)
[SOURCE = Roe's 39th R.M.V. (p.137+)]
Freeman Colby's childhood friend Jonas is on active duty with the 39th Mass. along the Rapidan River, enduring another winter in camp, & looking ahead to the Spring campaign...
- New Year's Day, 1864 (More Picket Duty!)
- All Quiet Along the Rapidan (Re-Draw Video) + Coloring Demo
- Armed Neutrality + Seven Deserters
- Winter Camp @ Mitchell's Station + RE-DRAW: Yet Another 2p Spread You Won't See...
- Special Duty
- The Y— Girls
- Of Deserters & Contrabands
- Boxes from Home & Delayed Thanksgiving
- Slaughter Mountain Church
- More Deserters
- January Patrol TAKE 1 January Patrol TAKE 2: Encounter ("Why boys, it's the Yanks!") January Patrol TAKE 3: Encounter RE-DRAW
- So Comfortable a Place?!
- "A Ride for Liberty"
- Hams in the Smokehouse
Jim Heiskell's story actually takes place in Knoxville, TN -- but he's depicted here in Virginia.
Washington DC / January-February 1864 (p.42)
A young nurse from Dover, NH, Sarah Low writes detailed letters about the ravages of war & how the capital city is changing around her...
- PROLOGUE (NOT INCLUDED IN VOL. 3):
24 NOV. 1863: "My wits are frightened half away"
- 3 JAN. 1864: Ready for Inspection
ASIDE: Nurse Low's Portable Desk >>
- My #6
- 16 JAN. 1864: The Typhoid Patient
- Life or Death?
- Our Regular Occupations
- Ideal Soldier
- Thrice Wounded
- Every Night @ Tea Time
- Sitting on the Floor, Drinking Tea
- 18 JAN. 1864: Miss Dickinson Lectures @ the US Capitol![Sources] [Live-Draw] [Digital Process]
- 18 JAN. Miss Dickinson REDRAW! / Arrival / No Compromise / Stump Speech? / Back to Hospital /
[Source Letters (January-May 1864)]
At the dawn of 1864, Colby finds himself to teaching (& learning) while recuperating in D.C. Soon enough, though, he'll be called back to active duty, and the adventure of his life in Grant's "Overland Campaign"...
- 2 Feb. 1864: "My Dear Mother"
- Trying to Read the Bible
- "We proposed to hold an evening school"
- New Students
- Arithmetic Books
- A Tent for a School Room
- "Bettering them"
- POSTER: Hospital Tents
Longtime readers will recognize Alec Turner from our book, Turner Family Stories.
Mitchell's Station / February 1864 (p.98)
- Let's Draw a Winter Camp! (Stations: Mitchell's & Brandy)
- Lt. Col. Peirson's Golden Pen Contest [Redrawn >>]
- Discovering the Snowball Fight + "Snowballing" Finished Pages
- Building a Dance Hall & Inviting "Elegant Ladies"...
DC & Virginia / February 1864 (p.115)
- 25 FEB 1864: Train to the Front / Re-Drawn Train
- Bent Rails & Burnt Trains
- Brandy Station
- Arriving in Camp
- Looking at the Mules
- Dressing Up
- Officer's Ball
- Gander Dancin'
- Dancing with the Stars (a.k.a. Generals)
- The "Best Dancer, 1864" Award Goes To...
- "There was a sound of revelry by night"
- Meade Reviews the Troops / Back to DC
Alexandria / March 1864 (p.156)
Harriet Jacobs is an author, organizer, & teacher working with the Freedmen's Village at Alexandria to build cabins & form a Free School for refugee families.
- 29 FEB. 1864: Contraband Quarters
- Harriet Ann Jacobs (Freedman's Village @ Alexandria)
- Children Abound
- Building a School
- Opening School
- Trustee's Meeting
- In charge of the school
- Harriet Jacobs Teaching+ Quick-Draw VIDEO >> + Color Study
Washington DC / March-April 1864 (p.173)
- MARCH 1864:
Furlough to New Hampshire!
- APRIL 1864:
[VISITING CONGRESS: You WON'T see THIS page in Vol. 3.] + REDRAWN >>
- 18 April: Lincoln on Liberty
- 19 April: Back to Duty
- Letter from Jonas
- I presume they will keep me here...
- (Drawing the White House)
- A Visit to the White House
Virginia / April 1864 (p.220)
- 28 April: "I leave in 20 minutes for the front" (Soldiers Rest, Alexandria)
- Snow on the Blue Ridge
- 3+4 May 1864: Ready to March in 15 Minutes
- 2-Page Marching Spread
- Advance & Camp
- Marshall Serves Supper
- You WON'T see this page: The Abolitionist
- "In this war it has been different" (Wilbur Fisk)
- "The dead are all around" (shallow graves)
- Flowers Along the Road
The Wilderness / 5-7 May 1864 (p.220+)
LIVE DRAW: Winslow Homer's "Skirmish in the Wilderness"
- 5 May 1864:
- A Wilderness Page You WON'T See... (1st Draft)
- Into the Wilderness (first encounter / 5 May)
- DRAWING BOARD: Drawing Between the Lines >>
- DIARY: "Over Your Head" (Veteran's Day 2021) >>
- First Fire
- Into the woods
- Ready, Aim...
- Lie Down!
- Awaiting Orders (after Waud)
- Stay Down!
- Battlefield Music
- Watching the Charge
- Direct Orders
- Falling Back (Brock Rd Breastworks) + Sources
- "If you can hold this place"
- Meanwhile, back in the woods...
- Forest Fires: "A scene of unutterable horror"
- Wilderness FIRE Live-Coloring >>
- LIVE DRAW: Midnight Stampede (2020)
- REDRAW: Midnight Stampede (2022)
- 6 May 1864
- POSTER: Volleys in the Woods... (LIVE) Volley (FULL COLORING VIDEO)
- POSTER: Rebel Wounded Coming In... + COLORING Video
- Still retreating!
- Safe place?
- VIDEO: Wilderness Field Hospital >>
- Finding the regiment...
- HOMER: Sleeping on Arms / Drawing / Reformat
VIDEO: "Sleeping on Arms" >>
- 7 May 1864
- We Hear Singing (USCT take the field!)
Spottsylvania Court House / 8-12 May 1864 (p.356)
- Night March
- "Marching Past" 2p Spread
- One Field More + Re-Draw: Headlong
- Time Out
- Peirson Wounded?
- Man with a Horse
- Coffee Break
- Natick Boy
- Army Button
- Back w/ the Regiment
- Dear brother killed... Oh no, wait -- !!
- Uncle John
- Charging the Confederate works
- Falling Pines
- Rain + More Rain
- Comfort + Wet Blanket in the Mud
- "CHARGING" Quick-Draw Video >> + (Color Study)
- "Toughest Fight" Battlefield Spread + Color Study
Ends / 13-14 May 1864 (p.437)
EPILOGUE / 15 May 1864 (p.455)
- Back for Ammo
- Our Supply Train
- Sgt. Charles Jackson
- First Volley
- Louder Yell
- The Black Flag!
- So Much Lead
- All You Northern Troops
- "Do not I hate them O Lord"
- Noble Vengeance
- USCT Poster Coloring >>
- About the Source Texts.
- Notes on Specific Pages & Sections.
- Visual Sources.
========== ODDS & ENDS: ==========
HOW TOs & other FREEMAN COLBY Demos:
- HOW TO DRAW FREEMAN COLBY Mini #1 / p.2-3
- CIVIL WAR CARTOONIST Mini-Magazine (August 2022)
- How a Civil War Battle-Sketch Gets Published
- "The Past Is Trying to Trick Us" (Research Mysteries)
- HOW TO: Create Color Poster Art (Production Process MINI)
WALT WHITMAN: Poet at the Front
Whitman spends early 1864 traveling near the front lines in Virginia, recording personal impressions & vital details in his notebook. By summer, he'll be back at work in the D.C. hospitals, but tough conditions push him closer to his mental breaking point...
UPDATE (SEPT. 2022): I drew a bunch of pages from Whitman's notes & letters, but unfortunately they just aren't fitting into the narrative for Vol. 3. Maybe we can do a supplemental mini-comic with them, in between books? I think Whitman has more to share in Vol. 4... Stay 'tooned!
- The Poet to the Front
- Musical Theatre (Starring: the 14th NY Regt!)
- Drum-Taps: "Bivouac on a Mountainside"
- Drum-Taps: "By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame"
- LIVE-DRAW: "A March in the Ranks Hard Prest..." (+ Processing Pages)