The Great Fire in Savannah, Georgia, January 27, 1865

Object Number: 
1945.580.32
Date: 
27 January 1865
Medium: 
Graphite on ivory paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. ( 16.8 x 24.4 cm ) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper right in brown ink: "used / Feb 9."; verso inscribed: "Great Fire in Savannah Geo / Jan 27th"; below "Soldiers of the 19th Corps removing . ammunition [crossed out words]..."`
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. On February 18, 1865, Harper's Weekly described the fire in Savannah, Georgia: "On the night of the 27th of January an extensive conflagration broke out in Savannah, in the western part of the city. The fire broke out in a stable, and is supposed to have been caused by rebel incendiaries. Owing to the inactivity of the Fire Department the flames spread rapidly, and at midnight had reached the Arsenal on Granite Hill. A large quantity of shells was stored in the buildings just as it had been left by the rebels. There was a series of explosions during the next two hours. Several squares were destroyed by the fire, and hundreds of unfortunate women and children were driven front their homes into the streets. Nearly all the houses consumed were private residences." [ pg. 99.]
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