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William Waud

William Waud (wōd) (1832 - November 10, 1878) was an English born architect and illustrator, notable for the sketches he made as an artist correspondent during the American Civil War.


William Waud, trained as an architect in England, was an assistant to Sir Joseph Paxton and worked on the design of the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition in 1851. Soon afterward he joined his brother, Alfred Waud in America. William was first employed with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. While working as a "Special Artist" for Leslie’s, William covered art correspondent assignments in the South, including the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy and the bombardment of Fort Sumter. In 1864 Waud joined the staff of Harper's Weekly and worked along with his brother Alfred (also with Harper's) during the Petersburg Campaign. He covered Sherman’s March in the south and Lincoln’s funeral after the war.

From sketch to publication

Original sketch of the Burning of McPhersonville, South Carolina by William Waud, left, and as printed in Harper's Weekly, March 4, 1865, right.

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  • Library of Congress


  • Our Special Artist by Frederic E. Ray, The Viking Press, 1974
  • by Michael Farnsley,
  • Library of Congress - Lincoln at Springfield

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  • - William Waud (1830 - 1878).

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