Battle of Baton Rouge August 5th 1862

Battle of Baton Rouge/ August 5th 1862

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On August 5th, 1862, Confederate General John C. Breckinridge launched an attack on the Union-occupied capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge. In this print, Confederate regiments fight on towards the Union lines, braving fire from federal batteries. As the overpowered Federal forces retreated back towards the city, the Union commander, Brigadier General Thomas Williams, was killed. His subordinate, Colonel Thomas Cahill, took charge, moving the Union troops into range of protective fire from Federal gunboats positioned in the Mississippi River. A Confederate ironclad, the CSS Arkansas, was supposed to provide naval support, but its engines failed upon reaching the battle, forcing its crew to abandon ship. The print presents a birds-eye-view of the battlefield and town, and a key in the margin identifies several landmarks in the city, including the Louisiana State Capitol, the city’s “deaf, dumb & blind asylum,” and the former residence of President Zachary Taylor. Five Union ships are stationed outside of the city on the river, including a riverboat, two gunboats, the sloop of war Mississippi, and the ironclad Essex, which fires upon the approaching Confederate regiments.
The print was published by the New Haven, Connecticut firm of Punderson & Crisand, a partnership of Lemuel S. Punderson and Emil Crisand. The company specialized in lithography and commercial printing. The publisher of the work was H.S. Chandler, who was based in New York and mainly produced advertisements.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
Chandler, H. S.
Punderson & Crisand
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
image: 8 1/4 in x 15 1/8 in; 20.955 cm x 38.4175 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Civil War
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Chronology: 1860-1869
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
Battle Scenes
Civil War
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Civil War Prints
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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