Conrad Wise Chapman

Artist: Chapman, Conrad Wise

Conrad Wise Chapman
Conrad Wise Chapman

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Conrad Wise Chapman (1842 – 1910) was an American painter who served in the Confederate States Army from 1861 to 1865. Conrad Wise Chapman was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Europe where his father, John Gadsby Chapman, was working as an artist.

In 1861, Chapman returned to America and enlisted in Company D, Third Kentucky Infantry, Confederate. He was wounded in Shiloh along with seeing action in Mississippi and Louisiana, before a transfer to the 46th Virginia Infantry at the request of his father to Henry Alexander Wise.

Chapman created art while he was on active duty during the war. While there were several artists on the Union side who captured the war in painting, who were also active, this was not the case on the Confederate side. His works may be the only set of battle subjects painted by a Confederate artist during the war.

After the end of the American Civil War, unable to reconcile to the Confederacy’s loss, Chapman traveled to Mexico where he painted a series of views of the Valley of Mexico. He also spent time in France and England.

Click here to read Chapman’s full bio on Wikipedia.

Chapman painted in several places in France. A link “” to his works will appear below when published:

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