I noticed some posts up already for Art Sundays, so thought I would do mine early too.
I am researching quilts during this period and back towards the 1830's so I have this period in my mind right now.
Thomas Nast http://www.sonofthesouth.net/prod015.htm
Mort Kunstler http://www.mortkunstler.com/
Amy Lindenberger http://www.civilwarfineart.com/
Winslow Homer http://www.civilwar.si.edu/homer_intro.html
The 150th anniversary of the civil war will be April 2011, so in the coming months we will be hearing alot more about the civil war.