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|Regardless of the authenticity of the painting, I found the subject very sad. It really made me feel for the poor guy and wonder if he'll ever find his family and a hot cooked meal. "Lost Cause" is my definition of an outstanding painting because it does elicit a strong emotional response. It is hard not to be deep sympathy for that soldier.
Civil War art is a very interesting area of Civil War studies all by itself. I envy those experts on "Antiques Roadshow" who specialize in Civil War artifacts, painting and sculpture.