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    Henry A. McArdle Civil War Grouping Including His Journal, Hand-Drawn Battle of the Wilderness Map and Ten Original Drawings. McArdle's journal spans the period from May 24, 1861 to November 9, 1962, and is largely written in Virginia. The entries are written in pencil and fill approximately 200 pages of a small pocket book measuring 3.5" x 5.75". Although he does not write daily, his entries are lengthy and well composed. McArdle served as a draftsman for the Confederacy; he initially worked for the Navy and later joined the staff of Robert E. Lee.
    McArdle's entries largely speak of his daily routine and general news of the war: "'Greenwood' Albermarle County Wednesday March 12th 1862... One little victory - in a series of blundering reverses - The Iron Battery 'Virginia' (late Merimac [sic]) with a few gun boats is reported destroy'd US frigates 'Congress' (poor Miss Cook) Minisota [sic] + Cumberland. The roads presented animated scene... Have written Gooden regard my joining artillery... Sunday, April 27th 1862. The alarm is again sounded: for a few days the people had recovered partly from the panic of a week ago = why they did so, I cannot say. Perhaps because the enemy did not come at that particular day or hour. This afternoon however Major F[illegible] arrived from Jackson's army - telling the people here that there was as much cause for alarm now as anytime previously. Which (without these good people hold on to the absurd notion that 'one southerner is as good as five Yankees.' - or without they looked for the ground to open and swallow Banks or some other little miracle.)" The notebook is missing the back cover, and the binding is loose, with several pages being disbound.
    The original artwork includes 4 pencil portraits of soldiers, a battle scene of Confederate soldiers charging, "Buffalo Gap" camp ground, "Huntersville", a second untitled campground, a cup and saucer, each measuring approximately 7.25" x 9.25", lastly a smaller drawing of a man. Unfortunately, all of the drawings have been laminate, which greatly detracts from the value, but has prevented smudging and deterioration.
    The group also includes a map of the Battle of the Wilderness; the map measures 10" x 8" and is accomplished in ink. The legend lists the positions of Confederate Generals Lee, Longstreet, and Hill, as well as the Texas brigades who were present. The map shows some wear, and it too has been laminated. It was likely made to accompany a manuscript fair copy dated October 13, 1884 of Winfield Scott Hancock's report of the Battle of the Wilderness. The report is 38 pages long, and measures 8" x 11.5". McArdle's first battle painting was of General Lee at the Wilderness (1872), and although the report in this group is from a later time, it clearly indicates McArdle's continued interest in the topic of the Civil War.
    After the Civil War, McArdle moved to Texas where he pursued a career in the arts. He taught art at Baylor Female College as well as working as a portrait painter. He developed an avid interest in Texas history, which influenced his work. He won several important public commissions and is most noted for his portrayal of The Battle of San Jacinto.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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