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Copy of 1862 photo of Union artillery group at Fair Oaks, Va. Pub. by Documentary Photo Aids.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

ca. 1862

Measurement

11 X 14 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

paper (fiber product); black-and-white photography

Inscription

recto, bottom: "UNION ARTILLERY MEN PREPARING A REDOUBT JUST BEFORE THE BATTLE AT FAIR OAKS, VA. (May, 1862). Fair Oaks was one of the battles fought by Gen. McClellan (Peni-/nsular Campaign) in his attempt to capture Richmond and also to dislodge Gen. Johnston's hold on the Potomac River. The Union Army failed to capture Richmond and on/ July 11th, Gen. Henry Halleck was appointed General in Chief of the Union Armies. After suffering 15, 000 casualties (the Confederates lost 20,000) he ordered the Army of the Potomac/ withdrawn. The Battle of Fair Oaks was indecisive (11,000 casualties), but when Johnston was wounded he was replaced by Robert E. Lee. Talking about his wound and replacement/ Johnston said: "The shot that struck me down is the very best that has been fired for the Southern cause yet."

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

black-and-white photographs

Class

Article

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

1402

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

UNION ARTILLERY MEN PREPARING A REDOUBT JUST BEFORE THE BATTLE AT FAIR OAKS, VA (May, 1862)

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