- Phillip Drennon Thomas
Remington, Frederic (04 October 1861–26 December 1909), illustrator and artist, was born Frederic Sackrider Remington in Canton, New York, the son of Seth Pierre Remington, a newspaper editor, and Clara Sackrider. The details of his early years are poorly recorded. During the Civil War, his father served as a cavalry major and brevet colonel in the Union army; as a result, martial themes and scenes of conflict between men on horseback became an important component of Remington’s art. In 1877 Remington attended Highland Military Academy at Worcester, Massachusetts, where he chafed under the military discipline of that institution but loved the thought of war and the soldier’s life. He entered Yale University in 1878 to study art, but his passion for the details and techniques of this subject were second to his enthusiasm for football. In 1879 he was a starting forward on the Yale team captained by ...