Troops of the 20th AC, 2nd Division, Crossing the North Edisto River at Night, South Carolina, February 12-13, 1865

Object Number: 
February 12-13, 1865
Graphite on paper
Overall: 5 1/4 x 7 5/8 in. (13.3 x 19.4 cm) mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Verso inscribed vertically in graphite: "Crossing the north Edisto at night / On arriving at the river / found the bridge burned / but the troops crossed immediately on a few plank / a bridge was constructed / during the night and the / train passed over / day -- / G. J. Sager / Hd. Gun 33d. Brig. / 2d. Div 20th. AC"
Civil War Drawings Collection. The movements of the 20th A.C. were described by a soldier in a nearby company, whose regiment was delayed by the events illustrated by this drawing and its inscription: Sunday Febry 12th 1865 Ordered to start at 6 but it was near 8 am before we were under way. our brigade having the rear - Marched about 10 mile and went into camp at one P.M. 2 mile from the north Edisto River & 6 from Orangeburgh. 1st and 2nd Divs are crossing the river this evening. Dept Hdqrs is at Orangeburgh tonight. It was thought yesterday that the enemy would certainly give us battle today at the Edisto River but "nary fight. Monday Febry 13 1865 Up at 4 and left at 5 a.m. but it was nearly 8 a.m. before we crossed Edisto River. From: Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865 Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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Creative: Tronvig Group