Two Portraits of Officers and Two Scenes: Raising the Stars and Stripes Over the Courthouse at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Steamers on the River

Object Number: 
1945.580.103
Date: 
1863
Medium: 
Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 13 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. ( 34.3 x 24.4 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper rigft in graphite: "Raising the Stars & Stripes / on the Court House at Vicksburg / on the morning of the 4th of July 1864 / by Col's Coolbaugh & Strong (assisted by Clark & Bullock) of Gen / McPherson's Staff"; at lower right: "This is the sketch alluded to in the letter -- / sketched from the Court House Cupola"
Description: 
Civil War Drawings Collection. Siege of Vicksburg. From the diary of The Diary of Osborn H. Oldroyd, 20th Ohio Infantry, A Soldier's Story of the Siege of Vicksburg: "THE FOURTH OF JULY! The siege is at last ended. Behold the white flag now waving over the rebel ramparts. Vicksburg has at length surrendered. Speed the glad news to our loved ones at the North, who, during our long trial, have helped us with their prayers. Speed it to the entire forces of the Union, that they may all take courage and move again. We are all full of rejoicing, as the event will no doubt prove a death-blow to the rebellion in the Southwest. Vicksburg has been the boast of the enemy, who thought it to be impregnable, and they confidently defied the Army of the West to take it. But by the untiring energy, skill and forecast of our gallant leader, U. S. Grant, aided by the willing and brave hearts about him, Vicksburg has been taken, and over it the stars and stripes now float proudly in all their majestic beauty. How glad I am that I have been one of those who have endured the trials requisite to plant our banner there. And while rejoicing over our success, let us not forget those who have died on these fields of honor. While we surviving raise Liberty's ensign over Vicksburg, let us remember the graves at Raymond and Champion Hills.… We rejoice not less over our triumph to-day because it was consummated upon the glorious Fourth. And while we rejoice for our country, we show no unworthy exultation over the fallen, to whom we extend the sympathy of victors. Our division, under its commander, General Logan, marched into the city in triumph, and there took command and completed the long desired event-raising the star spangled banner over the court house cupola."
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Provenance: 
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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Creative: Tronvig Group