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Civil War Journey: The Maps and Sketches of Private Robert Sneden (VHS On The Road)

Civil War Journey: The Maps and Sketches of Private Robert Sneden is an extraordinary touring exhibition organized by the Virginia Historical Society and is limited to only two venues through 2017 before this remarkable collection returns to the VHS.
 

Content: 45 framed and matted original watercolor maps and drawings from Sneden’s memoir and scrapbook; 45 object labels; and 7 text panels.

Size: Approximately 1,000 square feet

Rental period: 4 months

Display Period: 3 months

Rental Fee: $7,500 plus roundtrip shipping costs.

Availability: Two 4-month rental periods are currently available through 2017.

Comments: Potential programming includes lecture by VHS staff member at additional cost.

Requirements: Please send an AAM Facility Report. Light levels for display must be no higher than 5 foot candles.

Eyewitness accounts and images from the Civil War memoir of Union soldier, cartographer, and Confederate prisoner of war Robert Knox Sneden are showcased in an exhibition of 45 watercolor maps and drawings that provide a unique and mesmerizing perspective on the Civil War.

The entire Sneden collection, a 5,000-page memoir and 1,000 watercolors, represents perhaps one of the largest collections of Civil War soldier art ever produced.  Several of the images are the only known depictions of lesser-known locations and events.   

The collection is also the basis of the best-selling books Eye of the Storm: A Civil War Odyssey (Free Press, 2000) and Images from the Storm (Free Press, 2001). More information about the collection and can be found in the Guide to the Robert Knox Sneden Diary, 1861–1865 at http://www.vahistorical.org/arvfind/snedenillist.htm

 

For more information call or write:

Rebecca A. Rose, Registrar
Email: rrose@vahistorical.org
Telephone: 804.342.9679
Address: Virginia Historical Society
P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, VA 23221

Encampment of the 40th New York at Yonkers, N.Y., July 1861 Enter Fullscreen More information
Encampment of the 40th New York at Yonkers, N.Y., July 1861
“A large field was then selected about a mile from the landing. Tents were sent up from New York, [and] the regiment went into camp [and] for the first time . . . they had ample room for all military [activities].” (June 7, 1861) (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 1 p. 121)
Headquarters of Gen. John Sedgwick, Leesburg Turnpike, January 1862 Enter Fullscreen More information
Headquarters of Gen. John Sedgwick, Leesburg Turnpike, January 1862
“The snow is yet on the ground, about six inches deep, but the wagon wheels on the roads cut this up and churns it into filthy red paste. All the cavalry who return from picket [duty] are splashed with this filthy, vile smelling compound from head to foot.” (January 5, 1862) (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 1 p. 357)
View of Yorktown, Va., with Union observation balloon Enter Fullscreen More information
View of Yorktown, Va., with Union observation balloon, April 1862
“General Heintzelman selected Howe’s Sawmill for his headquarters on the right center of the line” (April 6, 1862). “[Professor Lowe’s] balloon went up for the first time this afternoon. Thousands of soldiers swarmed out from their camps in the woods to see it.” (April 9, 1862) (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 1 p. 587)
Map of the country between Yorktown and Williamsburg in May 1862 Enter Fullscreen More information
Map of the country between Yorktown and Williamsburg, May 1862
Sneden’s map shows the portion of the Virginia between Yorktown and Williamsburg. Following the clash at Williamsburg on May 5th, the Confederates retreated to the Richmond defenses. The battle of Seven Pines on May 31, fought on the outskirts of Richmond, decided little, but the Confederate commander, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, was wounded late on the thirty-first. (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 1 p. 811)
Battle of Savage's Station, Va., June 29, 1862 Enter Fullscreen More information
Battle of Savage's Station, Va., June 29, 1862
“After the Rebels had sustained their first repulse . . . a shrill locomotive whistle was heard up the railroad. . . . And soon appeared, coming down the track towards us, a nondescript car, which was roofed over at sides with railroad iron set at an angle, and from which projected a heavy gun.” (June 29, 1862) (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 3 p. 39)
Map of the Second Battle of Bull Run, Va., August 30, 1862 Enter Fullscreen More information
Map of the Second Battle of Bull Run, Va., August 30, 1862
According to Sneden’s note, “[t]he whole Union forces recrossed Bull Run from 8 p.m. to midnight of 30th Aug., and took up position at Centreville.” His map of Second Bull Run (Manassas) shows the two armies as they appeared at the end of the battle before the Union retreat began. (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 3 p. 525)
Miller's House, Brandy Station, Va., 3rd Corps HQ, November 26, 1863 Enter Fullscreen More information
Miller's House, Brandy Station, Va., 3rd Corps HQ, November 26, 1863
“Several log houses were in close proximity to Miller’s house, which had been slave quarters. The staff of General W. H. French occupied the whole front ground of the rising knoll” (November 26, 1863). Early on November 27, after most of French’s staff had left, John S. Mosby’s Rangers captured Sneden and a handful of other soldiers at the house. (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 5 p. 52)
Malvern House Enter Fullscreen More information
View of The Malvern House
Battle of Malvern Hill, Va., 1 July 1862.
View of Sneden's shanty at Andersonville Prison, July 1864 Enter Fullscreen More information
View of Sneden's shanty at Andersonville Prison, July 1864
“The camp [at Andersonville] was not laid out in any order or shape, everyone had built his tent or shanty where he thought would be a good place, all along the road which ran from the north gate straight through the camp.” (March 1, 1864) (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 5 p. 415)
Rebel Prison at Savannah, Ga., October 1864 Enter Fullscreen More information
Rebel Prison at Savannah, Ga., October 1864
“We were marched past the waterworks . . . thence to the South Common; where a large new stockade loomed up before us. We were kept closed up. . . . Several villainous looking Rebel officers were at the entrance gate to the pen and yelled to hasten the column.” (September 18, 1864) (VHS call number: Mss5:1 Sn237:1 v. 6 p. 18)
Plan of Camp Lawton Prison near Millen, Ga., November 1864 Enter Fullscreen More information
Plan of Camp Lawton Prison near Millen, Ga., November 1864
“I walked around the prescribed limits today. . . . [and] made a careful plan of the grounds and stockade” (November 12, 1864). In 2009, Georgia Southern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology began a project to investigate the site of Camp Lawton. Archaeologists used Sneden’s drawings to help identify the likely location of the camp stockade. (VHS accession number: 1994.80.369)
Encampment of the 40th New York at Yonkers, N.Y., July 1861
Encampment of the 40th New York at Yonkers
Headquarters of Gen. John Sedgwick, Leesburg Turnpike, January 1862
Headquarters of Gen.
View of Yorktown, Va., with Union observation balloon
View of Yorktown, Va., with Union observat
Map of the country between Yorktown and Williamsburg in May 1862
Map of the country between Yorktown and Wi
Battle of Savage's Station, Va., June 29, 1862
Battle of Savage's Station, Va., June
Map of the Second Battle of Bull Run, Va., August 30, 1862
Map of the Second Battle of Bull Run, Va.,
Miller's House, Brandy Station, Va., 3rd Corps HQ, November 26, 1863
Miller's House, Brandy Station, Va.,
Malvern House
View of The Malvern House
View of Sneden's shanty at Andersonville Prison, July 1864
View of Sneden's shanty at Andersonvi
Rebel Prison at Savannah, Ga., October 1864
Rebel Prison at Savannah, Ga., October 186
Plan of Camp Lawton Prison near Millen, Ga., November 1864
Plan of Camp Lawton Prison near Millen, Ga

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