"War Sketches Oct & Nov - 1864"

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The Civil War Drawings of Edward Lamson Henry


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Soldier Sketches
October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1800





"New Soldiers"
October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1801


Inscribed "New Soldiers going to the Front," this sketch details African-American troops and their uniforms. It is not known if this was drawn in Washington D.C. or in the James River theatre of operations. Also see "African-American Soldiers," NYSM 40.17.1804.


African-American Soldiers
October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1804


Also see "New Soldiers," NYSM 40.17.1801.


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House
James River, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1785


Inscribed "Allen[?] J[ames] R[iver]"


Three Houses
Probably James River, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1802




House and Landing [Wyanoke?]
James River, Virginia, October/November, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1788


Inscribed "Nine[?] [Wine?] Oak where Grant crossed this Spring." Henry possibly misunderstood the name "Wyanoke," as in Wyanoke Wharf, or "Weyanoke," as in Weyanoke Point, the area where Grant's Army of the Potomac crossed the James River in June, 1864.


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Sketchbook Cover
Washington D.C and James River, Virginia, 1864
Pencil on paper (4 x 6 in.)
NYSM 40.17.1782


The well-worn cover of Henry's small, twenty-four page notebook is inscribed "War Sketches / Oct & Nov - 1864."


Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919)
John George Brown (1831-1913)
New York City, 1868
Pencil on paper (3 x 2 in.)
NYSM 40.17.78


Born in England, Brown was, like Henry, a genre painter active in the New York City area.


Joseph B. Carr (1828-1895)
Napoleon Sarony (1821-1896)
New York City, c1890
Pastel on paper (30 x 25 in.)
NYSM 66.2.10


As a Brigadier General in the Union Army, Carr commanded companies stationed at Fort Pocahontas, Harrison's Landing, and Fort Powhatan at the time Henry was sketching these sites. Born in Albany, NY, Carr was a manufacturer in Troy, NY, after the war. He was elected New York Secretary of State in 1879, 1881, and 1883. Sarony was a well-known lithographer, artist, and photographer.


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