[Iuka, Ms. ca. October 1862]. Pencil sketch, with ink caption, 5 1/4 x 9 inches. Matted. Old central vertical fold, with ink caption at foot of image and twelve-line description on verso. Near fine. Item #WRCAM52146
A well-executed pencil sketch of Iuka, Ms., drawn after the capture of the town by Union troops under General William Rosecrans, which served as the basis for an engraving that appeared in the October 4, 1862, issue of HARPER's WEEKLY. A Union soldier rides across the foreground, with the Tennessee River and a rail bridge on the Memphis & Charlestown Railroad line behind him. In the center background are the building of the Iuka Springs House, the waters of which the verso caption claims "possess many medical qualities." The battle of Iuka took place on September 19, 1862, in which smaller elements from the southern forces of both sides sought to prevent one another from reinforcing larger armies to the north in Tennessee under the command of Generals Braxton Bragg and Don Carlos Buell.