First Glimpse of the Union Camp
Black ink on beige, laid on card
Overall: 8 1/2 x 6 in. ( 21.6 x 15.2 cm )
Signed at lower right in black ink: "D.H.S."; inscribed below in graphite: "1862"; at lower center in black ink: "First glimpse of the Union Camp."
Civil War Drawings Collection. David Hunter Strother was born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). He studied drawing under Pietro Aneora in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became a student of Samuel F. B. Morse in New York. In 1852 he published the first of a series of papers in Harper's Monthly, under the pen name "Porte Crayon". Strother was also an artist for The Crayon, and a frequent contributor to Harper's. His early work was landscapes mostly of Virginia and the South. Prior to the Civil War, he made illustrations for The Blackwater Chronicle (1853) and Virginia Illustrated (1857). During the Civil War, Strother was commissioned by the U.S. Army and assigned as a topographer due to his detailed knowledge of the Shenandoah Valley. During this time, he recorded his experiences in the war, which he would later publish in Harper's as "Personal Recollections of the War." Strother was promoted colonel of the 3rd West Virginia Cavalry and involved in 30 battles, though never wounded, and was appointed a brevet brigadier general in 1865.
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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