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Union Troops Marching Through Langley, Virginia, to Lewinsville

Object Number: 
1945.580.31
Date: 
September 1861
Medium: 
Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 x 9 3/8 in. ( 17.8 x 23.8 cm ) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower right in graphite: "Lumley . oct...[illegible]"; at lower left in graphite: "Union Troops huping through the town of Langley to Lewinsville and outwards"
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. A scene during the first Union advance into Virginia: Adjutant and Inspector General Reports 1864 Report; Appendix F HEADQUARTERS, CAMP ADVANCE, VA September 27, 1861 Col. R. B. Marcy, VA.Chief of Staff. SIR: I have the honor to report to you that at 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning, September 25, I moved towards Lewinsville, the right wing under Col. Taylor, leaving on the hill commanding Langley, on the Leesburg turnpike, one section of Capt. Mott's battery, supported by three companies of the Nineteenth Indiana; advancing on the road to Lewinsville, on a knoll covering the country to the right, the center section of the same battery, with four companies of the 2d Wisconsin; and one mile farther on the remaining section, under the immediate command of Capt. Mott, the Thirty-third New York…" W. F. SMITH. Brig Gen. Commanding at Chain Bridge The Fight at Lewinsville. September 12, 1861, The New York Herald THE REBELLION. WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 1861. In accordance with orders from Gen. McClellan, this morning, Gen. Smith, commanding the advance brigade on the south side of the Potomac near the Chain Bridge, directed a topographical reconnoissance…to be made in the direction of Lewinsville. The reconnoitering party consisted of the seventy-ninth New York Volunteers.… After the arrival of our troops in Lewinsville, Cavalry and infantry pickets were thrown out on all the diverging roads and prominent places for a distance of half a mile. The enemy's battery, which by this time had attained a position within three-fourths of a mile of our troops, opened a rapid canonade on our forces with shot and shell…Captain Griffin's battery, returning briskly the fire of the enemy. While the canonade was in full progress, Captain Thadeus Mott…arrived on the ground with a section of artillery…opened fire from his howitzers, and fired but three shells each, one striking in the midst of the reels and completely silencing their battery…The rebels, thus seeing themselves overmatched, retreated from the from the field.
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Provenance: 
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group