Union Pickets Going Out for the Night near Masons Hill, Virginia
Overall: 7 x 9 3/8 in. (17.8 x 23.8 cm)
mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Civil War Drawings Collection. Mason's and Munson's Hills, near Alexandria Virginia, were along the route to Washington D.C.. These strategic prominences were sites of frequent skirmishes during the Civil War. In September 1861, the Confederate forces held Mason's Hill, with theUnion nearby in Fairfax. Both sides sent pickets out for evening reconnaissance.
Federal Troop Movement:
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
17th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry
"In September it was moved to Fairfax Seminary, where in addition to ordinary picket and camp duties, it took part in the reconnaissance to Mason's Hill. In October it was sent to Hall's Hill, where it spent the winter of 1861-2."
Reports from the South:
September 10, 1861,The Charleston Mercury
From Our Own Correspondent.
FLINT HILL, NEAR FAIRFAX C.H., VA., September 3.
"At last the army movements begin to like business. A few days ago our advanced pickets drove in the enemy out-post guards and...took possession of Munson
James B. Wilbur Fund
Inscribed at lower right in graphte: "union pickets going out for the / night. Crossing a stream on a fallen trees [word crossed out]"; verso inscribed and signed at upper center: "This admits of being made very Effective Picture / Moon light -- Scene, near Masons Hill va / Lumley"
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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