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Classified as a genre figure, the sculpture features two women living on the border during the Civil War guarding their home. One is shown cocking a revolver as the other clings to the former for protection. The piece was meant to show the horrors affecting the lives of civilians during the War. Overall, the piece received positive attention and was noted as "one of the most spirited" of his sculptures.
David H. Wallace. John Rogers: The Peopleâ€™s Sculptor. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan, 1967; Page: 214. New York Historical Society. https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibit/home-guard-midnight-border (accessed January 22, 2019). Ref: DHW #106.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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23 inches (height)
Materials and Techniques Display
inscribed on front of base: THE HOME GUARD / MIDNIGHT ON THE BORDER; inscribed on top of base: JOHN ROGERS / NEW YORK; inscribed on back of base: PATENT APPLIED FOR MAR [?] 1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
statuettes & figurines
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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