General John G. Walker CSA (1822-1893)

Date:
C. 1860s

From his position high atop Loudoun Heights on September 14, 1862, Confederate General John G. Walker heard the sound of battle on nearby South Mountain. Convinced that the Northern army was coming to liberate the Union soldiers trapped in Harpers Ferry, Walker recognized the need to begin and end the battle for the town before the enemy reinforcements arrived. However, two miles west on School House Ridge, "Stonewall" Jackson was carefully planning the artillery bombardment of the Northerners trapped in Harpers Ferry. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0031
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Hooker's Corps Crossing Antietam Creek

Creator:
Edwin Forbes (1839-1895)

This reproduction of a print by American landscape painter and etcher Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) shows soldiers under the command of Major General Joseph Hooker crossing Antietam Creek. At the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, his corps launched the first assault of the bloodiest day in American history, driving south into the corps of Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson, where they fought each other to a standstill. Hooker, aggressive and inspiring to his men, left the battle early in the morning with a foot wound. He asserted that the battle would have been a decisive Union victory if he had managed to stay on the field, but General McClellan's caution once again failed the Northern troops and Lee's much smaller army eluded destruction.

Description (physical):

H: 6 1/2", W: 9 1/4"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0007
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Carte-de-visite

Date:
1861-1861

Early war Confederate image of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Alexander Stephens. These images helped to place a face on the war for civilians. Early war images were often framed by gold borders.

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.001.0290
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

Newspaper

Date:
1863-1863

The Southern Illustrated News, Richmond, Virginia from September 12, 1863. Front page consists of biographical sketch and illustration of General John H. Winder. Winder was put in charge of POW's in Richmond. Also, he was placed in charge of the defenses of the defenses at Richmond. Later was assigned to serve at Andersonville Prison Camp. Another article entitled: "A Blockade Correspondence". On back page is a cartoon depicting a black man chasing a dog with a net below Libby Prison in Richmond. Also there is a book entitled "the Life of Stonewall Jackson".

Description (physical):

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Location:
6125 Boydton Plank Rd.Petersburg,Virginia 23803
Identifier:
2004.002.069
Institution:
Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier