WELCOME! This page features sneak-peeks from my upcoming graphic novel, The CIVIL WAR DIARY of FREEMAN COLBY VOL. 3. The book will follows several historical people deep into their adventures in Washington D.C. & Virginia, 1864.
Below is an index of episodes (& resources), arranged by CHARACTER & DATE (although the actual sequence in the final book may be a bit different).
Ultimately, this page will become an online TABLE OF CONTENTS for the finished book.
THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS FOR MAKING THIS WORK POSSIBLE! ~ M.
[ Latest "PROGRESS CHARTS" >> ]
- May 2019: Getting Started on Vol. 3: "Draw, Don't Tell"
- March 2020: FCv2 = nominated for awards!
- Oct. 2021: Spreadsheet of Sections
- Veterans Day 2021: Garden Journal
- Nov. 2021: Progress Chart Check
- December 2021 Progress Chart + NH Field Trip
- January 2022 Progress Chart & Big Decision...
~~ FREEMAN COLBY VOL. 3 (1864) ~~
MAIN SECTIONS / BY CHARACTER & DATE:
SARAH LOW @ Washington D.C. (Jan 1864)
A young nurse from Dover, NH, Sarah Low writes detailed letters about the ravages of war & how the capital city is changing around her...
- 3 JAN. 1864: Ready for Inspection
- My #6
- 16 JAN. 1864: The Typhoid Patient
- Life or Death?
- Our Regular Occupations
- Ideal Soldier
- A Nightly Dinner Plate
- 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 / ...
- 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
- Meade Reviews the Troops
- A Sanitary Fair
- 29 FEB. 1864: Contraband Quarters
- Liberty & Lincoln
- A Visit to the White House
JONAS BACON @ Winter Camp (Jan-Feb 1864)
[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 what promises to be a busy campaign...
- New Year's Day, 1864 (More Picket Duty!)
- Armed Neutrality
+ Seven Deserters
- Winter Camp @ Mitchell's Station
- Special Duty
- The Y— Girls
- Of Deserters & Contrabands
- Boxes from Home & Delayed Thanksgiving
- Slaughter Mountain Church
- More Deserters
- Lt. Col. Peirson's Golden Pen Contest [Redrawn >>]
FREEMAN COLBY @ Washington D.C. (Feb. 1864)
[Source Letters (January-June '64)]
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"
- [You WON'T see THIS page in Vol. 3.]
- 18 April: Lincoln on Liberty
- 19 April: Back to Duty
- Letter from Jonas
- I presume they will keep me here...
- 28 April: "I leave in 20 minutes for the front" (Soldiers Rest, Alexandria)
- Snow on the Blue Ridge
- And At Midnight...
LIVE DRAW: Winslow Homer's "Skirmish in the Wilderness"
- 4 May 1864:
- This Rebellion
- "Wilderness of woe"
- Fredericksburg Road
- 5 May 1864:
- 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
- The Battery
- Brock Road Breastworks
- LIVE DRAW: Midnight Stampede
- 6 May 1864
- Still retreating!
- Safe place?
- Finding the regiment...
- 7 May 1864
- We Hear Singing (USCT take the field!)
SPOTTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE
- Night March
- "Marching Past" 2p Spread
- One Field More + Re-Draw: Headlong
- Time Out
- Peirson Wounded?
- Man with a Horse
- Charging the Confederate works
- Falling Pines
- Rain + More Rain
- Comfort + Wet Blanket in the Mud
- Ends (The Dead)
- Battlefield Quick-Draw Video >>
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...
- 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)
[MORE TO COME!]
DC & VIRGINIA SKETCHBOOK (Fall 2019)
Drawn during a roadtrip to research the battlefields of Vol. 3.
- Printable PDF
- "Song of the NJ Turnpike" (Walt Whitman interlude)
- Drawing @ Wilderness Battlefield