The Twenty-Fourth Massachusetts Displaying the Stars and Stripes from the Ramparts of Fort Thompson, Portsmouth, Virginia

Title

The Twenty-Fourth Massachusetts Displaying the Stars and Stripes from the Ramparts of Fort Thompson, Portsmouth, Virginia

Abstract

In Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 6/21/1862.

Date

June 21, 1862

Transcription

Recto: "Front page! // Sod // 24th Mass. Displaying the stars and stripes to the fleet from the ramparts of Fort Thompson // men cheering."
Verso: "I send these sketches by kindness of Mr. Dunn of NY Herald who goes in the dispatch boat in advance of the mail. No. 1 is Mass 24th planting the stars & stripes on Fort Thompson a 13 gun battery commanding the river & approach to to [sic] land works. The fort was evacuated when the 24th entered with the exception of 3 rebel artillerists who were taken prisoners. The fort had previously been shelled by the fleet. // No. 2 a general view of battle field showing a portion of the interminable breast works of the rebels -- the vast expanse of felled & charred trees before the works, the advance of our boys & the rebels giving way. Add figures, where, necessary, give a dark, drizzly sky. I send this to start you -- shall send others soon as possible. See dailies for details. Breastworks said to be over 3 miles long. // No. 3 -- The landing. // [signed] F.H.S. // N.B. Send large envelopes & stamps -- impossible to get them here. Did you send cash as you stated? Please send some by Mr. Dunn of the Herald." Small sketch of soldiers shooting over a rampart.

Condition

Vertical and horizontal folds; dog ears and loss of paper at corners; large ink stains on left hand side.

Medium

Graphite on wove paper

Dimensions

10 x 13.25 in.

Genre

Graphite drawings--American--1860-1870

Coordinates

36.8354258, -76.2982742

Source

Original drawing location: CW-FHS-VA-6/21/62 (Box 8.)

URI

http://hdl.handle.net/2345/4876

Ref. Number

(Becker)CW-FHS-VA-6/21/62

Citation

Schell, Francis H., 1834-1909, “The Twenty-Fourth Massachusetts Displaying the Stars and Stripes from the Ramparts of Fort Thompson, Portsmouth, Virginia,” The Becker Collection, accessed October 20, 2020, https://beckercollection.bc.edu/items/show/2910.