Charge of Kimball's Brigade

Charge of Kimball's Brigade

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The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought December 11-15, 1865, as part of a Union attempt to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond. Ambrose Burnside became the commander of the Army of the Potomac after McClellan’s removal by Abraham Lincoln in November 1862. As the Union general approached Fredericksburg, Lee entrenched his army among the heights behind the town. On December 12, the Federal forces crossed the Rappahannock River and began a series of frontal assaults against the Confederate positions. The attacks were futile and the Union forces suffered heavy casualties, forcing Burnside to call off the offensive on the 15th, and lead a retreat back across the river.
This print depicts the regiments commanded by General Nathan Kimball as they endure heavy fire in an attempt to seize the high ground of Marye's Heights. Kimball was severely wounded in the offensive and his brigade suffered a casualty level of 25 percent. There is an explanation key below the image.
Peter S. Duval, a French-born lithographer, was hired by Cephas G. Childs in 1831 to work for the firm of Childs & Inman in Philadelphia. Duval later formed a partnership with George Lehman, and Lehman & Duval took over the business of Childs & Inman in 1835. From 1839 to 1843, Duval was part of the lithography and publishing house, Huddy & Duval. He established his own lithography firm in 1843, and was joined by his son, Stephen Orr Duval, in 1858.
Private John G. Keyser was an artist from Bridgeton, New Jersey. He made sketches during the Civil War, particularly of Regiment 24, which were then turned into prints.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Lithograph
Object Type
Lithograph
Date made
1863
Keyser, J. G.
maker
P.S. Duval & Son Lith.
artist
Keyser, J. G.
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Associated Place
United States: Virginia, Fredericksburg
Measurements
image: 10 3/4 in x 13 1/4 in; 27.305 cm x 33.655 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3321
catalog number
60.3321
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Chronology: 1860-1869
Patriotism and Patriotic Symbols
Horses
Uniforms, Military
Civil War
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
Wagons
Civil War
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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