|Date Added: April 22, 2009|
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Description: Now that you guys have lessons on how to draw a fireman, and a BMX bike, it is time to fill a request that was made when I drew the sketch on the patriot that I also submitted as a lesson. Some asked me to do a tutorial on a Union soldier fighting a Confederate soldier and to tell you the truth that was an awesome request. I told my dad about it and he suggested that I also do the tutorial since it will not only give you guys a mental image of the two soldiers, but it will also give you an educational description on the two. So, having spewing all the good information on the decision of this tutorial, I will now be teaching you how to draw a Union soldier fighting a Confederate soldier step by step. Let me start talking about the Union solider first since he is the one that is a bit more interesting. Union soldiers were young men that enlisted in the Civil War. Now, most of these young men were obviously poor working on farms and caring for their families. Men that did not enlist in the war were usually drafted. Though these men that voluntarily chose to fight the war, they didn't know that it would be a war that lasted longer than just a few months. After the war had ended, they came out changed men for the rest of their lives. Men that were wealthy or had extra money to spare could pay a fee of three hundred dollars to be given pardon from fighting. The uniform of a Union soldier was made of dark blue wool material. They wore a cotton shirt under the heavy threaded coat that was usually given to them by family members or picked up from the expired bodies that lay on the battlefields. There is a smart reason why these men had to wear these uniforms even though they were extremely uncomfortable. Wool was a fabric that could resist water from lakes and rivers, and keep the men dry from pouring rain. The uniforms also kept them warm and they were very quite durable giving them a sense of extra padding from gun shots and knife wounds. Unlike the confederate soldiers, Union soldiers were equipped with better weapons by the British called “Enfield rifles”. They provided precise aim when fired on the battlefield. Along with their uniforms they also carried some supplies as they needed common necessities while on their travels. They kept a knapsack, blanket, a small tent, canteen, frying pan, and a grooming kit that had a comb, razor, and body perfumes to keep them from smelling. Now that we have some basic information on the Union soldier, let me start talking about the Confederate soldier. Unlike Union soldiers, the confederates were scruffy, dirty looking men that had a lot of heart and they were very strong physically and mentally. Like Union soldiers, confederates were also in their early twenties and they were called “the rebels”. Although Union soldiers had a clean cut looking image, the rebels were almost always dirty, tainted, and very tired looking. They too wore wool uniforms but they were not neat and clean looking. Instead they wore gray uniforms that looked more like rags rather than a soldier uniform. The reason why their clothes looked so bad is because they were worn too long or they were handed down to new recruits from the dead bodies that were slain in battle. Now, because these men didn't take their clothes for granted, they even nailed horseshoes to the bottom of their boots so that the soles would last longer and provide a bit more traction on muddy or wet ground. Confederates didn't have the luxury of carrying and using a good firing weapon. Instead they had to settle for a flint lock riffle or musket called a “Confederate Springfield”. The war lasted more than anyone could have imagined and because of that more an more men died. The more union soldiers were killed by the rebels, the more their weapons were confiscated by the rebels. More and more rebels began using Enfield rifles making future battles more challenging. All in all both the Union and the Confederate soldier fought for what they believed in, or fought because they were told to. This tutorial will teach you how to draw a Union soldier fighting a Confederate soldier step by step. I hope you have fun and remember, knowledge is power, feed your mind.