Civil War art at Met


David Vaughan (AB ’84) owns the largest personal collection of Civil War photographs. Through September 2013, some of that collection is on display in an extensive exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. “The Civil War and American Art” explores how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. It features works made by leading figure painters such as Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, landscape painters such as Sanford R. Gifford and Frederic E. Church and photographers such as Mathew Brady and George Barnard. Vaughan is a member of the UGA Libraries Board of Visitors. Get more on the exhibit at


Included among alumnus David Vaughan’s photographs exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is this one of the Fincher Brothers, two of seven volunteer Confederate soldiers from Forsyth County during the Civil War. The exact identity of the men in the photo is not known but they are among the five Fincher men who served as enlisted men in Company I, 43rd Georgia Infantry, in 1862.