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Second Ball's Bluff Affair, Virginia; verso: sketch of the same

Object Number: 
1945.580.66
Date: 
1861
Medium: 
Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 14 in. ( 21.6 x 35.6 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed along upper edge in graphite: "Rebels thousands at top of bluff firing down -- our shells exploding among them / our troops running down the hill & taking cover under banks bluff & crossing fords and dam"; scrap of paper laid on verso inscribed: "Second Ball's Bluff affair Butterfield's brigade of Morrell's div. / consisting of 44th NY -- 17th N.Y. -- 18 Mass & 118th Penn. / having crossed at dam No 4 were attacked by a / division of rebels & forced into the river the 118th Pa / a green regiment loosing about one half."
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. The Battle of Ball's Bluff occured prior to the organization of Morell's Fifth Army Corps on 18 May 1862. This was probably the Battle of Manassas (Second Bull Run), Malvern Hill, Gaines' Mill, or Antietam.
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