Alfred Rudolph Waud (wōd) (October 2, 1828 – April 6, 1891) was born in London, England. Before coming to the U.S. in 1850, Alfred had entered the Government School of Design at Somerset House, London, with the intention of becoming a marine painter. In the 1850s, he worked variously as an illustrator for a Boston periodical, the Carpet-Bag, and provided illustrations for books such as Hunter’s Panoramic Guide from Niagara to Quebec (1857).

In 1860, Waud became an illustrator or “special artist” (a full time paid staff artist) for the New York Illustrated News. In 1864 Alfred’s brother, William Waud (who up to that time had been working with “Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper”), joined Alfred on the staff of Harper’s and they worked together during the Petersburg Campaign.

You will notice that the general layout of this sketch is the same as Kurz’s painting and it may have been the inspiration for his work.