Sketches of Confederate Prisons (drawings) by Robert K. Sneden

This collection consists of eight mounted wash and ink drawings of Confederate prisons by Robert Knox Sneden during his service with the 40th New York volunteers during the Civil War. Each is captioned, identifying the prison, describing the site, listing the number of prisoners, noting how many de...

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Main Author: Sneden, Robert Knox 1832-1918 (Creator)
Collection:Sketches of Confederate Prisons (drawings) By Robert K. Sneden
Collection Number:3129
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet 0.2 linear feet, 1 box, 8 items
Summary: This collection consists of eight mounted wash and ink drawings of Confederate prisons by Robert Knox Sneden during his service with the 40th New York volunteers during the Civil War. Each is captioned, identifying the prison, describing the site, listing the number of prisoners, noting how many deaths occurred there, along with the date when he was imprisoned there. The watercolors are copies of original sketches done by Sneden while in the service. They offer extensively detailed perspectives on the prisons, and suggest the difficult conditions within the walls of the buildings Sneden illustrated. Sneden was a mapmaker with the 40th NY Vols., Army of the Potomac. Sneden was captured by Confederate forces in 1863, and was imprisoned in the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. His nearly 1,000 maps and paintings, along with his 5,000 page manuscript were edited and abridged into a book published by the Virginia Historical Society, "The Eye of the Storm."