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Copy of 1862 photo of Union artillery group at Fair Oaks, Va. Pub. by Documentary Photo Aids.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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11 X 14 inches
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paper (fiber product); black-and-white photography
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 After suffering 15, 000 casualties (the Confederates lost 20,000) he ordered the Army of the Potomac/ withdrawn.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."
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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