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Three Scenes at Port Hudson, Louisiana: A Dismounted Cannon; Troops Encamped by a Church Used as a Hospital; 100 Gun Salute with the Union Flag Flying above the Ammunition Magazine

Object Number: 
1945.580.50
Date: 
May 21-July 9, 1863
Medium: 
Graphite on beige paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. ( 34.3 x 24.1 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Magazine"; verso inscribed in upper half in graphite (partially damaged): "No. 1. Effect of a hit on a ?3 pounder in ... / The gun dismantled -- one trunnion[?] broken off & carriage & ... / completely destroyed."; below: "No. 2 View of the Church at Port Hudson, now temporarily used as / a hospital. This is the most completely riddled building I have / seen, scarcely an intact plank remaining."; below: "No 3. Salute of 100 guns fired from the water batter
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (XVI:414):385; the two upper scenes engraved separately as: a). "Effect of a Union Shot--A Dismounted Cannon at Port Hudson." and b). "Church at Port Hudson, Riddled by Unions Shells." The accompanying article, on page 379, was entitled: "Port Hudson." In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's offensive against Vicksburg, Mississippi, Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks's army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. After several frontal assaults were repulsed, on May 27, 1863, the Federals settled into a siege that lasted for 48 days. Both sides suffered heavy casualties. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to New Orleans
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