Executive Officer Parker of the U.S. Gunboat "Essex" Hoisting the National Standard Over the Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge, December 17, 1862

Object Number: 
5 August 1862
Graphite on ivory paper, squared for transfer
Overall: 9 x 12 in. ( 22.9 x 30.5 cm )
Inscribed at upper right in brown ink: "Baton Rouge, La."; along lower edge in graphite: "Executive officer Parker of the U.S. gunboat Essex hoisting the National Standard on the Louisiana / State Capitol -- on the occupation of Baton Rouge by the national forces under Brig. Gen. Grover --Wednesday Dec. 17th 1862"; verso inscribed in upper half: "The Essex has long been the terror of the lower Mississippi... / J.[?] H.S.
Civil War Drawings Collection. This scene occured during the re-occupation of Baton Rouge, 13-19 December 1862, and was published as "Banks's Expedition- Executive Officer Parker, of the United States gunboat Essex, hoisting the national standard on the state capitol, Baton Rouge, La., on its occupation by the Federal forces commanded by General Grover, December 17th, 1863." Frank Leslie, Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896) 476. Rear Admiral Farragut advised Secretary of the Navy Welles that he had recommended "the occupation of Baton Rouge" to General Banks on his arrival. "He . . . ordered his transports to proceed directly to that city." Commander James Alden in Richmond with 2 gunboats covered the landing. "Baton Rouge is only 12-15 miles from Port Hudson. I am ready to attack the latter place and support General Banks the moment he desires to move against it."
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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Creative: Tronvig Group