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Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Gen'l Stuart's raid to the White House

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493.21 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: circa 1880-1890 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Depicts Confederate cavalrymen under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart descending upon the Federal line only to find one Hezekiah Skinflint, a sutler who had provided provisions, in this case "ale and lager," to the soldiers. Many Southerners held stereotypes against the free-market North, and Volck buys into that by giving the sutler a name that means selfish and miserly. A bewildered Skinflint is being taken into custody at gunpoint, his supplies confiscated. The long line of covered wagons stretching into the distance suggests that many other supplies were taken in this raid of the Union line. The United States flag atop the building is being pulled down by one of the Confederate soldiers. The "White House" to which Volck refers in the title of this etching is a building used as General George McClellan's headquarters during the Peninsula Campaign. In 1862 Stuart rode from Richmond all the way around the Federal forces, including McClellan's headquarters. Size in extent is for the mount. The actual size of the etching is 20.2 x 26.4 cm. Title in pencil on verso.


Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Cavalry, Art, Music, Theater, and Film, Union Forces, Civil War, Military History, Humor and Satire, Alcohol, Merchants and Trade, Finance, Economics, American Flag, Sutler

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