Monday, April 21, 2014

Civil War Art-- Part 7: Did Union Troops Actually Pillage?

At the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg, Arthur Lumley, an Irishman working for the New York Illustrated News sketched Union troops pillaging the town. //// He was incensed by the scene and wrote on the back of the drawing: "Friday Night in Fredericlsnurg. This night the city was in the wildest confusion sacked by the Union troops= houses burned down furniture scattered in the streets= men pillaging in all directions= a fit scene for the French revolution and a disgrace to the Union Army." The journal never printed this image. //// --Old Secesh

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