Edward Sachse. "Camp Hamilton, Fortress Monroe & Rip-Raps, VA." Washington D.C.: C. Bohn, 1862. 8 7/8 x 16 4/8. Tinted lithograph. Full margins. Some old, slight staining, conserved, good condition.
The Edward Sachse firm in Baltimore was one of the most respected of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Known especially for prints of Washington and Baltimore, of which they produced over sixty, the images of other mid-Atlantic places are also very fine. This print was drawn, lithographed and copyrighted by the firm, though the publisher is given as Casimir Bohn. The image shows Fortress Monroe, near the mouth of the Chesapeake, with its neighbor, the famous Hygeia Hotel. The Federal fleet is seen in the Chesapeake waters as occupation of this strategic place was necessary for threatening the Confederate capital at Richmond. Most interesting are the fine details of the Union camp with barracks, tents, infantry, cavalry and even telegraph lines. Civil War military history at its best.
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