Incident in March of General Banks' Army Near Hyattstown in Western Maryland, During a Storm
Graphite on paper
Overall: 8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (21.3 x 15.9 cm) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Inscribed along upper edge in graphite: "On the way from Hyattstown[all crossed out]: during the march / of Gen. Banks' army. The road extremely hilly, rough / & muddy -- heavy rain --horses giving out -- wagons upset."
Civil War Drawings Collection. Drawn by a Special Artist attached to Gen. Banks' Command. Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 14 September 1861(XII:304):277. Bank's division was at Harper's Ferry in July 1861, an extremely wet summer in the Middle Atlantic States. Heavy rains in early August caused the Potomac and its tributaries to swell; the river was near flood stage along its middle reaches, making a Confederate incursion into Maryland unlikely. General Banks pulled most of his troops out of Harper's Ferry, recrossed the Potomac, and put his division into camp near Hyattstown.
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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