Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Sneden on Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Sneden on Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

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"Rest soldier restthe warfare's over." Sarah Henry French, 1863, on the death of her son at Gettysburg

Readers of History Notes will recognize the name Robert Knox Sneden. This Union private's watercolor sketches and maps of Civil War campaigns have been the subject of three exhibits, and his memoir is being edited for publication by the Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster. The Virginia Historical Society is proud to announce the opening of the fourth installment of exhibits presenting Sneden's images. This show features maps and sketches of the Chancellorsville and Gettysburg campaigns.

Though Sneden did not participate in either battle, he chose to write about them and to produce a number of sketches and maps highlighting aspects of the campaigns. His maps of Chancellorsville range from general overviews of the four-day battle to detailed snapshots of its significant moments. In one map, for example, Sneden depicts the isolated Union XI Corps just before it fell victim to Stonewall Jackson's devastating flank attack on the afternoon of 2 May. Scenes from his Chancellorsville series include Wilderness and Salem churches, which stood on either end of the battlefield, and a before- and afterbattle sketch of the Chancellor family house, the focal point of Confederate attacks throughout the battle.

Sneden's Gettysburg images offer a glimpse of each of the three days of the battle. …

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