"Good god you goin to shake with me Uncle Abe"
Abraham Lincoln offers his hand to a Union soldier during the president’s visit to City Point in the spring of 1865. This sketch was made by Charles Wellington Reed, a Union soldier whose right hand was badly cut by a sabre during an 1864 raid on the Wheldon Railroad near Petersburg. Luckily, the artist was left-handed, so the injury didn’t interfere with his drawing. Reed left behind two large sketchbooks, as well as illustrated letters showing everyday life in the military during the war.