Incident in March of General Banks' Army Near Hyattstown in Western Maryland, During a Storm

Object Number: 
September 1861
Graphite on paper
Overall: 8 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (21.3 x 15.9 cm) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Inscribed along upper edge in graphite: "On the way from Hyattstown[all crossed out]: during the march / of Gen. Banks' army. The road extremely hilly, rough / & muddy -- heavy rain --horses giving out -- wagons upset."
Civil War Drawings Collection. Drawn by a Special Artist attached to Gen. Banks' Command. Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 14 September 1861(XII:304):277. Bank's division was at Harper's Ferry in July 1861, an extremely wet summer in the Middle Atlantic States. Heavy rains in early August caused the Potomac and its tributaries to swell; the river was near flood stage along its middle reaches, making a Confederate incursion into Maryland unlikely. General Banks pulled most of his troops out of Harper's Ferry, recrossed the Potomac, and put his division into camp near Hyattstown.
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