The Battle of Dranesville, Virginia, with Easton's Battery

Object Number: 
1945.580.11
Date: 
December 20, 1861
Medium: 
Graphite and white gouache on brown paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/8 x 19 13/16 in. (18.1 x 50.3 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "The Battle of Drainsville"; at center: "Eastons Battery had but these guns in this action Two 24 Pounders and one 12 Pounders"; various other annotations regarding fire power and commanders
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 11 January 1862 (XIII:320):117-8, as the two-page spread "Battle of Dranesville, Va., December 20th 1861 Between the Federal Forces Commanded by Generals McCall and Ord. and the Confederate General Stewart." Though the battle was small, of no tactical importance and resulted in only light casualties, it marked the first time in the east that a Union force had bested their Confederate enemy, inflicting 230 casualties while suffering only 71, and were able to drive them 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