Loyal Dunkards at General Crooks' Headquarters


Loyal Dunkards at General Crooks' Headquarters


In Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper 10/29/1864, p. 84. A beautiful drawing.


October 2, 1864


Recto: "Cold drizzly morning // 6 x 9 1/2 // Corps flag // Sheridan HdQt // night HdQtr designation Red & Blue light // Reb Prisoners // Capt. Cherington Provost // Major Stephen Inspection Gen // Capt. Douglass Chief C.S. // 'Dunkards'."
Verso: "[very faint] "I'm as a wanderer & they took me in // A scene at Gen. Crooks Hd'Qts Oct. 2nd 1864 - at Harrisonburg- // This Hegira of the Loyal Dunkards, a non-combatant Sect similar to the Quakers, - the scene represents them at gen Crooks HdQts - procuring passes and making arrangements to migrate to the Land of Milk and Honey - I wish you would have a little extra attention paid to the three officers by the engraver - they are life sketches - these gentlemen took me in Mr. Leslie. I showed them your Letter & they expect this little return for their liberality - They hold prominent positions - Major Stephen's is inspection General for Crook's Corps. Cap. Cherington is Provost Marshall Gen ditto. Cap. Douglass commissary subsistence ditto. About one hundred families have gone North with a return supply train - Many more will do so soon - it is a decided Illustration that all cannot be Reb sympathizers as such I think would remain instead of leaving house & home (some of their houses are fine ones) to be plundered and destroyed by both armies - This picture seemed to please Gen Crook very much - He is a noble man, modest & retiring = is loved by all who know him - he has acquired a lasting fame through his masterly operations [sic] in the late campaign & I think deserves considerable notice // [signed] Taylor."


Vertical and horizontal folds; dog ear at upper right; brown stains.


Graphite on heavy gauge wove paper


6.5 x 10 in.


Graphite drawings--American--1860-1870


38.4495688, -78.8689155


Original drawing location: CW-JT-VA-10/2/64 (Box 9.)



Ref. Number



Taylor, James E., 1839-1901, “Loyal Dunkards at General Crooks' Headquarters,” The Becker Collection, accessed July 25, 2024, https://beckercollection.bc.edu/items/show/3008.