The Upper Potomac in the Civil War (HFHA, 2012) by Garnet Jex

In the early 1960s, Washington D.C. artist Garnet W. Jex combined his love of history and natural beauty to create a stunning collection of fifty-one opaque watercolors depicting Civil War scenes along the upper Potomac River. These paintings were published in 1965 in black and white by the D.C. Civil War Centennial Commission. After a few public showings, the paintings were given to the Washington County (Maryland) Historical Society, where they spent the next forty years living a mysterious, nomadic life, until they were donated to the Sharpsburg Historical Society.

In 2012, HFHA partnered with SHS to republish the collection in full-color to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Along with the late artist’s original narrative, the book contains his transcribed margin notes, as well as new text that expands or clarifies the historical exposition, or highlights details in the paintings.  

This book is available at the Park Bookshop in historic Lower Town Harpers Ferry, by calling 304.535.6881, or visiting www.harpersferryhistory.org.

Cover Image courtesy of Sharpsburg Historical Society.

**The Harpers Ferry Historical Association is a non-profit cooperating association supporting the education and interpretive programs of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. All proceeds from the sale of their publications benefit park programs.