William H. Shelton, Civil War painting
William H. Shelton (New York, 1840-1932) original gouache on paper titled "These Soldiers Will Never Go Into a Fight Again" depicting the discovery of two dead Union soldiers as soldiers march past in the background. This image was used as an illustration in Warren Lee Gross classic Civil War book "Recollections of a Private." Signed "W. H. Shelton" lower left. Housed in a contemporary archival frame. Sight: 13 3/4" H x 9 1/4" W. Framed: 21 3/8" H x 16 3/8" W. Also included is a Copy of Warren Lee Gross's "Recollections of a Private" with this illustration depicted on page 294. Biography (Courtesy of AskArt): William H. Shelton was born at Allen's Hill, New York and had distinguished military and art careers. During the Civil War he was with the 1st New York Light Artillery, commanding a center section of Battery D at the Battle of the Wilderness. Shelton was badly wounded and taken prisoner. He worked his way from enlisted man to captain, and is singled out in the Official Records for gallantry (Vol. 25, part1). He is also mentioned in the silver Time-Life series (in The Killing Ground volume pages 64-65). A painter, illustrator, and writer, Shelton studied at the Art Students League and exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was the founder of the Salmagundi Art Club of New York. Other Shelton illustrations appear in Harpers Weekly and Leslie's.