"War Sketches Oct & Nov - 1864"

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The Civil War Drawings of Edward Lamson Henry


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City Point / House
Hopewell, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1790


The three-story structure in the bottom half of the sketch is not part of the City Point site.


City Point
Hopewell, Virginia, October, 1864
Pencil and pastel on paper (8 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
NYSM 40.17.87

Inscribed: "Sketch taken from Pilot House on a U. S. Transport. Down James River. Anchored vessels with stores waiting to discharge cargoes. "Double Ender" (guard ship). Stores dock. Monitor. U. S. maildock. Adams Exp. Barge. Ltnt. Grant's Hd Qtrs (Commander in Chief). Sutler's schooner. Gen. Ingall's Hd Quarters. Mouth of Appomattox River."


City Point
Hopewell, Virginia, November, 1864
Oil on paper (7 1/4 x 14 in.)
NYSM 40.17.132


Comparing this oil study with Henry's pencil (40.17.1790 and 40.17.1797) and pastel (40.17.87) sketches illustrates how a painting is developed. The finished product, a large and very detailed oil-on-canvas (30 x 61 in.), is in the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.


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City Point House (Appomattox Manor?)
Hopewell, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper
NYSM 40.17.1792 - detail


Inscribed "[Grant?] HQ," this tiny sketch, hardly larger than a thumbnail, is apparently a view of Appomattox Manor at City Point.


Harrison's Landing
Charles City County, Virginia, November, 1864
Pencil and pastel on paper (11 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
NYSM 40.17 89


Inscribed: "Near Wilson's Landing, Lower James River, sketched from the Pilot House on a Transport." Berkeley, built in 1726, was the ancestral home of the Harrison family and the birthplace of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of the U. S. It is open to the public as a historic house museum.


Harrison's Landing
Charles City County, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1786


Similar to 40.17.89, this view of Berkeley also includes, at the top of the sheet of paper, a three-quarter view of the site from down-river.


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Camp Wilson's Landing
Charles City County, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1789


The bluff-top "camp" in this tiny sketch is probably "Fort Pocahontas," the site of an engagement on May 24, 1864, when two Union regiments of African-American troops (about 1800 men) under Brig. Gen. Edward Wild repulsed an attacking Confederate cavalry division (about 3000 men) under the command of Major Gen. Fitzhugh Lee.


Fort Powhatan / Confederate Ironclad
Prince George County, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1798


Built by the Confederate Army in 1862 on the south bank of the James River, Fort Powhatan was part of the Union line of fortifications by 1864.


Caisson and Limber Details
October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1791




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