World War I Combat Artists – Ernest Peixotto | The Unwritten Record

Guest blogger Jan Hodges became interested in World War I combat art as a result of her involvement as a volunteer in a holdings maintenance project for the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) documents at the National Archives at College Park. This article is part seven of the series about World War I Art and Artists

Captain Ernest Peixotto reported for duty as a combat artist in April 1918 at Neufchateau. A short, slightly built man, Peixotto was forty-nine years old, well past the prime age for a combat soldier.  After meeting up with fellow artists Wallace Morgan and André Smith, the three men traveled to Fontainebleau and then to a small suburb of Paris called Samois-sur-Seine.

Samois-sur-Seine was not unknown to Peixotto; he and his wife Mary had a “studio home” there that they visited often. Mary had been living in New York City when Ernest left on a troopship bound for France.  By June, she had found the means to return to France and worked at a hospital close to…

Source: World War I Combat Artists – Ernest Peixotto | The Unwritten Record

World War I Combat Artists – Andre Smith | The Unwritten Record

Local Identifier 111-SC-20139. Regimental Headquarters near Belleau Woods, located in the farm house known as Maison Blanc. It was occupied at the time of my visit, June 28th, 1918, by Colonel Neville of the Marines. By Captain J. Andre Smith

Among the many images drawn by Captain Andre Smith, several capture the American experience in Belleau Wood.  Belleau Wood is famous for exemplifying the courage, grit and determination of the Marine Corps which made up the 5th and 6th regiments of the 2nd Division.In early June 1918, the American 2nd Division joined with the French Army long the Marne River to drive the Germans out.  The division was…

Source: World War I Combat Artists – Andre Smith | The Unwritten Record