An Episode of the War-the Cavalry Charge of Lt. Henry B. Hidden
Oil on canvas
Overall: 45 3/4 x 75 in. ( 116.2 x 190.5 cm ) frame: 62 1/2 x 92 x 5 in. (62 1/2 x 92 x 5 in.)
This Civil War Scene depicts a cavalry skirmish between Union and Confederate forces during the Confederate withdrawal from Centerville and Manassas, Virginia, in early March 1862. On March 9, a detachment of twenty men of the First New York Cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Henry B. Hidden, charged and scattered a withdrawing enemy column at the Battle of Sangster's Station and took thirteen prisoners. The central figure on horseback is Lieutenant Hidden, who was the only soldier of the attacking force killed in the skirmish. Hidden, at age twenty-four, had enlisted in the Union army in New York City in 1861, receiving the rank of Lieutenant.
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Gift of William H. Webb
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