Hampton Roads, Va. Oct. 14, 1861. Pencil and wash sketch, approximately 6 3/4 x 9 inches. Encapsulated. Upper left corner torn away, obscuring manuscript ink annotation. Contemporary pencil annotation on verso. Light dust soiling and an occasional fox mark. About very good. Item #WRCAM53599
A pencil sketch with watercolor shading, depicting part of Fort Monroe, Virginia, drawn for potential publication in HARPER'S WEEKLY in October 1861 by Bradley S. Osbon, freelance reporter and self-described "sailor of fortune," with his name signed on the lower left and on the verso. Osbon made several written and illustrated contributions to HARPER's WEEKLY, including reporting on the construction of the ironclad Monitor, also from Fort Monroe. The fort, at the southern tip of the Virginia peninsula, remained under Union control throughout the war, and was used as prison for captured Confederate soldiers and as a refuge for fugitive slaves.