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    [Harper's Weekly] Original Civil War Sketch: Moonlit Scene of Yankee Steamer. 9.25" x 7.5" pencil and watercolor sketch on buff paper, done by an artist in-the-field for publication in "Harper's Weekly". It is captioned in the upper right corner: "Steamer Paint Rock Running Down the Tennessee to Bridge Port on the night of the 30th Octr." (some loss of words due to trimming). A soldier in a great coat rests on the near bank, watching the progress of the ship. White puffs of smoke along the far shoreline are captioned "Rebel musketry". Two faint vertical folds. An exceptional wartime sketch.

    The "Paint Rock" was built in 1860 by Captain J. M. Todd of Decatur, Alabama. It was a Confederate ship. Union cavalry tried to capture it in the Summer of 1863, but were driven off by members of the 9th Battalion Mississippi Sharpshooters. When the capstan broke, the ship was abandoned by its crew from the 1st Louisiana Regiment (July 19-23, 1863) and was taken over by Union forces who repaired it and put in back into service.


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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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