Thomas Buchanan Read

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Thomas Buchanan Read

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Chester, PA, USA
Death: May 11, 1872 (50)
New York, United States
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary J. Read and Harriet Denison Read
Father of Alice Read and Unknown Read

Occupation: poet; artist; sculptor
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About Thomas Buchanan Read

Born in Corner Ketch, Pennsylvania, in 1822, Thomas Buchanan Read both painted and wrote about a fervently patriotic and idealistic subject matter. Befriending famed poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and spending a great deal of his adult life in Italy, Read was a major figure in mid-nineteenth century literary and artistic culture. He produced some of the most recognizable Civil War images and verse in multiple renditions of his Sheridan’s Ride and lyrically captured the aesthetic quality of Pennsylvania’s geography in “The New Pastoral.” He died in 1872 in New York City.

During the American Civil War, he returned from Europe and became a major in the Union army, serving on the staffs of General Lew Wallace - future author of the novel Ben Hur - and William Rosecrans.

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Thomas Buchanan Read's Timeline

March 12, 1822
Chester, PA, USA
May 11, 1872
Age 50
New York, United States
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA