When Bror Thure Thulstrup was born in Sweden in 1848, no one could have guessed that he would become one of the best graphic chroniclers in the history of the United States. Country to which he emigrated and where he developed all his expertise in illustration, drawing and painting, collaborating for decades and until his death in 1930 with various North American publications. Some magazines for which he produced numerous illustrations that alone recount key episodes in the country's history, especially important battles such as those of Gettysburg or theSiege of Atlanta.
Thulstrup's Battle of Thure Spottsylvania
Today we want to talk about one of the most important confrontations during the Civil War of the United States of America. We are referring to the battle of Spotsylvania which lasted for two weeks in May 1864. A harsh confrontation between the northern troops of the Union and those of the Confederate States of the South.
Battle of Gettysburg of Thure de Thulstrup
A battle where two of the most emblematic characters of both armies faced each other. On the Union side, General Ulysses S. Grant, and on the Confederate side, Robert E. Lee. Both determined to take the place of Spotsylvania CourtHouse, The truth is that in this fight, both showed themselves to be the great strategists they were. Although, the winner was the general Lee. First, because it was the one that arrived before the emplacement, and despite the fact that the federals doubled the number of the confederates, they knew how to resist all the attacks well and raised a dynamic line of defense to finally make Grantgive up his efforts and try to find more favorable battlefields.
Siege of Atlanta from Thure de Thulstrup
However, it must be said that the northern general knew that everything was a war of attrition. That his army was bigger and stronger, and that sooner or later the South would be defeated by exhaustion. A good example was this confrontation, in which the northern troops lost more than 2,700 soldiers, to which must be added some 13,000 wounded and more than 2,000 captured or missing. While Lee's army had almost 1,500 casu alties, more than 6,000 wounded and nearly as many captured and missing.
Some truly alarming figures that give us an idea of the harshness of the fighting, in which the same heavy artillery pieces and different firearms were used, as well as face-to-face, man-to-man combat, in a bloody and lethal way. All this drama, not exempt from a previous documentation phase, is what the action-packed images created by Thure de Thulstrup.