Graphite, white gouache, and black ink wash on grayish brown paper; graphite
Overall: 8 x 13 in. ( 20.3 x 33 cm )
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "The Levee at New Orleans on the afternoon / of the 29 of April with Capt Bailey & the party from / the 'Cayuga' landing to demand the surrender of / the city"; various annotations
Civil War Drawings Collection. The verso sketch of two figures are likely Capt. Bailey and his Midshipman entering New Orleans.
From the NY Times Obituary of Admiral Theodorus Bailey (1805-1877):
It was to Capt. Bailey that New-Orleans was surrendered. He went ashore, accompanied only by a Midshipman, and passed directly to the City Hall, where he met Gen. Mansfield Lovell, the rebel commander, who surrendered his sword to him. Capt. Bailey then ordered the Stars and Stripes to be hoisted over the City Halland other buildings, and on his way back to his ship had the pleasure of seeing the national banner again floating over the Crescent City.
[NYT 11 February 1877, p. 6]
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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