“Homer completed this painting, his last major scene of life at the front, six years after the Civil War ended, using studies he had made during the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, in April and May 1862. The red cloverleaf above Homer’s name on the overturned barrel in the left foreground was the insignia of the First Division of the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac, of which the Sixty-First New York Volunteer Infantry—the unit to which the painter was assigned—was a part. One critic remarked that the bedraggled mule at the right ‘tells the whole story’ of the miserable conditions at Yorktown.”
There were obvious reasons to oppose the idea—the smell, as well as the threat of polluting the nearby Nithsdale River. But locals also suspected that the scheme would earn money for the Duke’s estate at the expense of the community. The Scotts no longer reign by hereditary right, but they remain the largest private landholders in all of Scotland. Today Richard, who is the 10 th Duke of Buccleuch, serves as the board chair of Buccleuch Ltd., a corporation that serves as “a platform for sustainable economic development” for 220,000 acres of land spread across all of England. A campaign was quickly set up to oppose Scott’s proposal for the Crawick site. Dempster was among those who fought the measure.
In the 1980s, Manson gave four notable interviews. The first, recorded at California Medical Facility and aired June 13, 1981, was by Tom Snyder for NBC 's The Tomorrow Show . The second, recorded at San Quentin Prison and aired March 7, 1986, was by Charlie Rose for CBS News Nightwatch; it won the national news Emmy Award for "Best Interview" in 1987.  The third, with Geraldo Rivera in 1988, was part of that journalist's prime-time special on Satanism .  At least as early as the Snyder interview, Manson's forehead bore a swastika , in the spot where the X carved during his trial had been.