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Schell, Frederick B., 1838-1902
[Explanation of three scenes on recto] (verso).
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
May 21-July 9, 1863
Inscription: Graphite on beige paper. 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Description of the three scenes on recto. Inscribed in upper half in graphite (partially damaged): 'No. 1. Effect of a hit on a ?3 pounder in ... / The gun dismantled--one trunnion[?] broken off & carriage & ... / completely destroyed.' Below: 'No. 2 View of the Church at Port Hudson, now temporarily used as / a hospital. This is the most completely riddled building I have / seen, scarcely an intact plank remaining.' Below: 'No 3. Salute of 100 guns fired from the water batteries on Port Hudson on receipt of the glorious news from the Army of the Potomac and General Meade.'
Engraved for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, (XVI:414): 385; the two upper scenes engraved separately as: a). 'Effect of a Union Shot--A Dismounted Cannon at Port Hudson.' and b). 'Church at Port Hudson, Riddled by Unions Shells.' The accompanying article, on page 379, was entitled: 'Port Hudson.' In cooperation with Major General Ulysses S. Grant's offensive against Vicksburg, Mississippi, Union Major General Nathaniel P. Banks's army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. After several frontal assaults were repulsed, on May 27, 1863, the Federals settled into a siege that lasted for 48 days. Both sides suffered heavy casualties. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to New Orleans. About the Artist: Frederick B. Schell was a 'special artist' for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Among his many drawings and sketches are those created during the siege of Vicksburg. His drawings were widely published in a variety of publications.
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