Dana F. Smith

The American Civil War Quintet, Vol III, 1862

Dana F. Smith

The American Civil War Quintet, Vol III, 1862



Edition Size



Inkjet, Serigraph


Moab Entrada paper, Stonehenge


22 × 30 in


San Francisco, CA


Dana Dana Dana Limited Editions


Custom Envelope

$ 2,800.00

4 in stock

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The result of a painter’s approach to silkscreen is a wildly variant edition – each print is really a unique monoprint. The process of printing used three layers or screens. The first layer of ink was applied using a painterly technique designed to create bands of color and random shapes that depict a horizon in time where memory appears and disappears, and where the ghosts of history sometimes reveal themselves or retreat in darkness. The second layer is a halftoned photographic image selected from the Library of Congress archive of Civil War photos. Each photo shows a moment in time from the last months of 1862 into the winter of 1863, where we see the real people and the stark carnage from across the centuries. The third layer is handwriting selected from the letters of William Garret Fisher, written while fighting the American Civil War, and is applied in semi-transparent metallic ink to float above the image, shimmering in and out with the shift in angle of the viewer.

William Garret Fisher’s letters home while fighting the American Civil War are a collection of over 140 letters preserved by his family. Will Fisher, living in Cambridge, New York at 17 years old, joined the Union Army on September 30, 1861, as a bugler in Company A, 7th Regiment of New York Cavalry Volunteers also known as J. Morrison’s Black Horse Cavalry. When this Regiment was mustered out of service six months later in April of 1862, Will re-enlisted as an infantry private in the 123rd Regiment, New York Volunteers, and was back in camp by September, 1862. He served with the 123rd Regiment throughout the remainder of the war. Will Fisher’s letters are archived here.

Will Fisher’s letters were handed down to the artist from her great-great-grandfather through her mother, Judith Fuller Smith. Judith assisted her father, Pierpont Fuller in the tedious job to transcribe the original handwritten letters. Scanned images of the letters are seen on the right side of all the digital prints in the sets, with the transcribed text on the left.
So, it is clear that these primary source documents of Will’s eye-witness accounts of some of the most traumatic episodes in the history of the United States speak directly to the artist personally. It is her aim, and perhaps her ancestral responsibility, to re-construct and illustrate the troubled legacy of this epigenetic heritage.

A variable edition of sets of 6 silkscreen prints on Stonehenge paper, accompanied by 6 digital prints on Moab Entrada natural rag paper. Edition of 45 portfolio sets, in a custom digitally printed envelope, not numbered.
Silkscreens printed by Dana Smith. Digital prints printed by Dana Smith, Dana Dana Dana Limited Editions.