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    [J.E.B. Stuart] Original Pen and Ink Drawing by Edwin Franklin Townsend Presented to Stuart at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Circa 1853. This drawing, by Edwin Franklin Townsend (Class of 1854), was given to his classmate and friend James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart in 1853. It is a pen and ink drawing of a woman in an ermine trimmed cloak with the hands at her mouth. The drawing, 15" x 11.25", is signed lower left "Townsend". It is toned with a few minor tears along edges and light chipping at the corners, else, fine.

    Edwin Franklin Townsend was a career military officer. After graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1854, Townsend was brevetted Second Lieutenant, 3rd U.S. Artillery on July 1, 1854 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on January 31, 1855. He resigned from the service on March 14, 1856. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned a First Lieutenant, 14th United States Infantry on May 14, 1861 and brevetted Major, April 7, 1862, for gallant and meritorious conduct in Battle of Shiloh, and was brevetted Lieutenant Colonel March 13, 1865, for continued and faithful service in the Ordnance Department. During the Civil War he served in the Department of the Cumberland, 1861-62, in the Tennessee and Mississippi Campaigns, commanding a battalion (Army of the Ohio), engaged in the march to Nashville, Pittsburgh Landing, battle of Shiloh, siege of Corinth, etc., and in command of ordnance depot at Nashville, Tennessee, 1862-65. Townsend was retired at his own request, being over 62 years of age, October 1, 1895. He was advanced to Brigadier General, retired, by an Act of April 23, 1904 and died in 1909. Given by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Edwin Franklin Townsend to J. E. B. Stuart.

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    In the 1850s Cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point were required to take a course in art and painting, taught primarily so that later, as soldiers, they would be able to sketch battle plans. The head of the Department of Drawing was Robert W. Weir, who joined the faculty in 1834. Among Weir's many pupils was a particularly artistically talented cadet, from the Class of 1843, Ulysses Grant. When Colonel Robert E. Lee (Class of 1829) became superintendent of the academy in 1852 he spent a lot of time with the cadets and encouraged them in their artistic studies. Cadets were often seen with sketchbooks in hand practicing the skills Robert Weir taught. It was common for cadets to exchange examples of their work with their fellow students.


    Other members of the Class of 1854 were George Washington Custis Lee (Robert E. Lee's son), Thomas Howard Ruger, Oliver Otis Howard, James Deshler, Loomis Lyman Langdon, Archibald Gracie Jr., Stephen Dill Lee, and James McNeill Whistler (who did not graduate). Other drawings or paintings given to J. E. B. Stuart that we are offering were rendered by Loomis Lyman Langdon (Class of 1854), John Pegram (Class of 1854), Charles Green Sawtelle (Class of 1854), Alexander Webb (Class of 1855), Charles Geddings Rogers (Class of 1854), William Woods Averell (Class of 1855), John R. Chambliss (Class of 1853), and Mary Custis Lee.

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    June, 2012
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