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Hillen, John Francis Edward, 1819-1865
[Hillen's Report of the battle] (verso).
Civil War drawings collection, approximately 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, 212-873-3400
Inscription: Graphite on paper. 9 x 9 5/8 in. Description and report of action depicted in sketch on recto: 'It has been raining for these two days-I am going to the right where heavy firing is going on & will send you the results of what I have seen-The report is that we have surrounded the Rebs-how true this is I do not know-this is the 3rd day that the battle is going on on the all line of the recto and I will fear no pain to get your sketches-but for details I must refer you to the Telegraphic's dispatches-we have too many conflicting reports-our casualty is heavy-pontoon train are coming-to cross the Riv. near Marietta,' and signature.
During the Atlanta Campaign, General Wiliam Tecumseh Sherman maneuvered General Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate army out of several successive defensive positions in Cobb County. Sherman first found Johnston's army entrenched in the Marietta area on June 9. The Confederate's had established defensive lines along Brushy, Pine, and Lost Mountains but Sherman extended his forces beyond the Confederate lines, causing a partial Rebel withdrawal. After further pressure and skirmishing from Union forces, Johnston withdrew to an arc-shaped position centered on Kennesaw Mountain on June 18 and 19. Repulsed several times, Sherman eventually extended the line on his right and forced Johnston to withdraw from the Marietta area on July 2-3. About the Artist: John Francis Edward Hillen was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1819. Having immigrated to the United States, he enlisted in the Union army in 1861, was wounded in 1862, and subsequently discharges. During the war, he drew scenes from the conflict that were later published in Harper's Weekly, garnering him a role as 'special artist' for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper until 1865.
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