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The Great Fire in Savannah, Georgia, January 27, 1865 (verso).
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
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January 27, 1865
Inscription: Graphite on ivory paper. 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. inscribed: 'Great Fire in Savannah Geo / Jan 27th'; below, 'Soldiers of the 19th Corps removing ammunition under a heavy fire of shell amid the burning buildings. Command by Lt. Col. York, Provost Marshal & Capt.Weston, Lieut. S. J. Spencer and Off. Mil. Div. Miss., of Gen. Grover's staff. The shell were taken from a stone house opposite the main one filled with ammunition. Just across the street is an old cart drawn by hand. This brave party deserve every credit.' '#21' is written in heavy pencil in the lower right corner, 'Nerala y 3rd' is written in ink in the upper left corner.
On February 18, 1865, Harper's Weekly described the fire in Savannah, Georgia: 'On the night of the 27th of January an extensive conflagration broke out in Savannah, in the western part of the city. The fire broke out in a stable, and is supposed to have been caused by rebel incendiaries. Owing to the inactivity of the Fire Department the flames spread rapidly, and at midnight had reached the Arsenal on Granite Hill. A large quantity of shells was stored in the buildings just as it had been left by the rebels. There was a series of explosions during the next two hours. Several squares were destroyed by the fire, and hundreds of unfortunate women and children were driven front their homes into the streets. Nearly all the houses consumed were private residences.'
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Savannah (G.A.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865United States. Army. Department of the Gulf (1862-1865)AmmunitionFires
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