The incident occurred at Willett's Point, Monday December 9, 1862, near the encampment of the 50th New York Infantry Regiment (also known as the New York Rifles). Captain Cresto, of Company B, had a dispute with a lieutenant of his company and was about to leave the regiment with his men to join Colonel Fadella's regiment. Colonel Legendre stationed a guard of twenty-five or thirty men, with loaded arms, to prevent the desertion. Intercepted, Captain Cresto demanded the privilege of passing, which the guard would not permit. The antagonistic parties were drawn up across the road when a pistol belonging to Sergeant Thompson, one of Captain Cresto's party, went off, as the Sergeant said, by accident. The guard returned fire and two of the deserters were killed and four wounded. Captain Cresto fled but was captured, eventually convicted with most of his men, and sent to a military prison on Hilton Head Island. About the Artist: William T. Crane worked as an illustrator, or 'special artist,' for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper during the American Civil War.