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Bird's Eye View of Atlanta, Georgia, before the Union Advance

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Graphite on paper
Overall: 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. ( 24.8 x 19.7 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Inscribed at center outside image in graphite: "Bird Eye View of Atlanta / No 1 Atlanta City Gov / 2 Rebel wagon train / 3 " Fort / 4 " Troops marching"; verso completely inscribed with letter in graphite to Frank Leslie from 13 miles outside of Atlanta that reads as follows: "Frank Leslie, DSir, I will send you a sketch of a birds eye view of Atlanta Ga from a distance of thirteen miles,from a high position near the Chatahoochie River. The country between the river and Atlanta is all woods and what is called here rolling small vales and hills and the City is on high ground. The Union troops are now within one mile of the River and both left and right wing extend to the river we could see the trains moving very plain towards Atlanta and one of the forts is in plain view. The Union army is not pressing on the Enemy at the center at present so he holds his position for the present. I would be pleased to see the sketch in your paper and would like to have a copy. You will make corrections of the sketch. I give you a description of the country, but those that seen the sketch pronounce it good, only the City don't show quite so plain. Very Respectfully Your [Obl. Serv]" signature
Civil War Drawings Collection. Union troops advanced on Atlanta between May and September 1864; this scene was probably drawn in July or August. The artist was Dr. J.S. Trepler of the 73rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, XX Corps, Army of the Cumberland. 73rd Pennsylvania Troop Movements, 1864: Duty in Lookout Valley till May, 1864 Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8 Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11 Dug Gap or Mill Creek May 8 Battle of Resaca May 14-15 Near Cassville May 19 New Hope Church May 25 Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 26-June 5 Operations about Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2 Pine Hill June 11-14 Lost Mountain June 15-17 Gilgal or Golgotha Church June 15 Muddy Creek June 17 Noyes Creek June 19. Kolb's Farm June 22 Assault on Kennesaw June 27 Ruff's Station or Smyrna Camp Ground July 4 Chattahoochie River July 5-17 Peach Tree Creek July 19-20 Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25 Operations at Chattahoochie River Bridge August 26-September 2 Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15 Expedition to Tuckum's Cross Roads October 26-29 Near Atlanta November 9 March to the sea November 15-December 10 Siege of Savannah December 10-21
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group