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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2021 8:19 p.m. PST

"When the Civil War broke out, David McNeely Stauffer (1845–1913) was only sixteen years old. While attending Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania from September 1861 through June 1863, he served brief, emergency enlistments when the state of Pennsylvania was threatened by Robert E. Lee's forces. He joined the 2nd Pennsylvania Emergency Regiment in September 1862 and served until winter. In June 1863, he joined in the defense of Gettysburg with the 
Independent Battery of Pennsylvania. When Stauffer's enlistment expired in January 1864, he briefly joined the Engineering Corps of the Columbia and Port DuPont Railroad rather than return to college. A month later, he joined the US Navy.

Stauffer created the images presented here in a sketchbook entitled "Louisiana Sketches 1864" while on board the USS Alexandria of the Lower Mississippi Fleet. The sketchbook contains forty-four pages of ink and watercolor sketches and is one of two volumes of Stauffer's sketches in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. We have pulled out a few of our favorites to feature here, but feel free to browse the entire book.

There are more than twenty illustrations of Union and Confederate warships that plied the Mississippi Delta. These detailed images are not only visually engaging but also provide a valuable record of the ships that served on the lower Mississippi River…"



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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2021 6:46 a.m. PST

Great find, Armand. Thanks,


MG Lawson16 Mar 2021 11:16 a.m. PST

Yep, I've used many of his sketches to create minis for my store.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2021 11:25 a.m. PST

A votre service mon cher ami! (smile)


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