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A Summer Residence, Fort Pickering, Memphis, Tennessee

Object Number: 
1945.580.43
Date: 
c. 1863
Medium: 
Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 17 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (44.1 x 24.1 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "A Summer Residence. / Fort Pickering -- Memphis -- Tenn"
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. Fort Pickering was a major fortification located along the Mississippi River in West Tennessee. It was constructed by the Federal government in 1862, on top of an earlier 19th century fort, and used to garrison nearly 10,000 Union troops for the defense of Memphis. Built after the First Battle of Memphis (6 June 1862) that resulted in the Union occupation of Memphis, this fort saw little action during the war. It did house commanders Grant and Sherman and served as a staging ground for the eventual conquering of the Mississippi by Union forces.
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Provenance: 
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group