The Meeting, c. 1865
Artist: Isaac F. Eaton
Oil on canvas in original hand carved frame
20 x 36 inches; signed lower left middle
Artist and soldier Isaac F. Eaton is said to be a witness to the monumental moment President Abraham Lincoln and General Grant greeted the African American soldiers after the final and victorious Civil War battle.
Eaton was an American Abolitionist and artist who lived in New York City. On August 10, 1862 at age 23 he enlisted in the 9th Battery Massachusetts Volunteer Light Artillery to fight in the Civil War. The 9th Artillery was under General Grant’s command.
In his painting, “The Meeting”, soldiers are depicted with such enthusiasm- cheering, laughing, crying, singing hymns of praise. And with the same overwhelming emotion Lincoln is painted humbly removing his hat to the African American men of the Ohio 18th Corps. Horace Porter the writer of Campaigning with Grant, 1897 wrote…“The scene was affecting in the extreme, and no one could have witnessed it unmoved”.