|W. Waud's image of USS Iroquios' XI-inch gun crew hit during the battle of New Orleans|
|W. Waud's image of the heart of the fight between Farragut's ships and the Confederate forts and ships.|
William's depiction of New Orleans are not for the faint of heart. Unlike many other depictions of New Orleans William's images do not show a clean, orderly battle. The viewer of the image is thrown right into the middle of the chaos. And this was before the engraver back in New York City got a hold of William's original sketch and added his own graphic interpretation of the scene. In this post are four of William's drawings as published engravings in Frank Leslie's and two are rough sketches. In one of these engravings, William made sure the public knew the risks he was personally taking to bring them accurate depictions of the war by placing himself in one of the images.
|USN mortar gun crew with identifications of assignments.|
|The fighting top of USS Mississippi during the battle. Notice the|
sketch artist (W. Waud himself) at right, ever so calm at work.
|Destruction of the ironclad CSS Louisiana|
|Final victory-Farragut's fleet off of New Orleans|