• The Chapman Paintings
    Depictions of the fortifications at Charleston Harbor in 1863 and 1864
  • An Astounding Collection
    31 paintings commissioned under orders from P.G.T. Beauregard
  • Charleston Harbor's Defenses
    Get a lay of the land before examining the paintings

About the Artists.

Conrad Wise Chapman and his father John Gadsby Chapman. learn more ›

The Man Behind the Mission.

P.G.T. Beauregard and the defenses of Charleston. read more ›

A Map of Charleston Harbor.

See where the forts and batteries were situated before examining the paintings. read more ›

Get More of the Story.

The NY Times' Disunion blog post on Chapman. read more ›

About The Collection

This series of 31 paintings was created during the American Civil War by Confederate soldier artist Conrad Wise Chapman and his father, John Gadsby Chapman. These extraordinary works give an in-depth, rarely-seen visual overview of Confederate military structures and Charleston City as they appeared during the Civil War. 

Please note that these paintings are not currently on display at the Museum.

Explore the Collection

View all 31 paintings in the collection at the link below. Photography by Alan Thompson.


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