Museum Holiday Schedule

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Wednesday, December 24, 10am-3pm and will reopen Friday, December 26, 10am-8pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

Reserve Camp of the Rebs at Buzzard Roost, Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia

Reserve Camp of the Rebs at Buzzard Roost, Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia
Title
Reserve Camp of the Rebs at Buzzard Roost, Rocky Face Ridge, Georgia
Date 
May 7-13, 1864
Medium 
Graphite and touches of white chalk on brown paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 x 13 1/2 in. ( 20.3 x 34.3 cm )
Description 
Civil War Drawings Collection. CSA General Joseph E. Johnston had entrenched his army on the long, high mountain of Rocky Face Ridge and eastward across Crow Valley. As Major General William T. Sherman approached, he decided to demonstrate against the position with two columns. The two columns engaged the enemy at Buzzard Roost (Mill Creek Gap) and at Dug Gap. In the meantime, a third column, under Major General James Birdseye McPherson, passed through Snake Creek Gap and on the 9th advanced to the outskirts of Resaca where it found Confederates entrenched. Fearing defeat, McPherson pulled his column back to Snake Creek Gap. The next morning, Sherman' s army withdrew from in front of Rocky Face Ridge. Discovering Sherman's movement, Johnston retired south towards Resaca on the 12th. Result(s): Union victory (Union casualties were high, but they did force the Confederates off Rocky Face Ridge.)
Credit Line 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Object Number 
1945.580.60
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at upper right in graphite: "(1) Reserve camp of the Rebs"; verso inscribed and signed at upper center: "Rebell camps & c on Buzard Roost Mts / North East view of North pass of Hovey Cap Georgia / by J. F. E. Hillen / May 29th 1864"
Provenance 
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group