Our American Heroes
Over the years, Gary Casteel, historical sculptor, has extensively researched those important individuals of the American Civil War. During this period he made numerous sketches as reference for future sculptural projects. The style Mr. Casteel follows is that of a bygone era suggestive of the correspondent artist so prevalent during the war, artists such as Winslow Homer and Alfred Waud. These sketches were originally completed in lead pencil or ink on the spot, then “tipped” with white chalk or watercolor paint to highlight or enhance certain areas of importance. The drawings were then delivered by courier to the publisher for review. Upon review, engraved plates were produced and the printed scene was circulated in newspapers and tabloids such as Harper’s Weekly, across the country, North and South.