FRAMED PAINTING BY CONFEDERATE MAJOR GENERAL THOMAS L. ROSSER

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This original piece of art was painted by Thomas L. Rosser, soon after the end of the Civil War. It shows a scene of Piping Tree on the Pamunkey River, the home of his wife’s grandfather, Dr. Fendall Gregory.

Rosser put his “signature” on the painting, as artists occasionally do, by sketching his own self-portrait. The figure at the bottom left is of Rosser painting this work as he sat on the riverbank watching the boats pass by. Notice the flag on the boat is the 3rd National Flag of the Confederacy. The house and several outbuildings are shown among the trees.

Rosser’s wife, Elizabeth Barbara “Betty” Winston Rosser wrote this inscription on the back of the painting, “Piping Tree, King William County, Va. The residence of my grand father Dr. Fendall Gregory. Painted by my husband Genl. T.L. Rosser in July 1865. It was an old fashioned house with an “L” which was broken. The house fronts on the road. There were also two large offices for each son.”

Painting shows wrinkle creases and spotting. Gold frame measures 10 ¼” x 13 ¾”. Shows scattered scratches and nicks. Wire is mounted on reverse for hanging.

Piping Tree was the site of a very important ferry. The story goes that early Indian councils were held here with the white settlers. After the pipe of peace had been properly smoked, it was stored in the hollow of a tree. Whenever the Indians detected a breach of promise, they reminded the white men of the “pipe in tree." A ferry was established here very early in the 1700s, and later a tavern and a warehouse were built, so that the place became quite a center of activity. The ferry and its adjoining farm changed hands several times before becoming the property, first of William Gregory, then of his son, Dr. Fendall Gregory.

The Pamunkey River is a tributary of the York River, about 93 miles long, in eastern Virginia. Via the York River it is part of the watershed of Chesapeake Bay. The river is formed by the confluence of the North Anna and South Anna rivers on the boundary of Hanover and Caroline counties. The river's course is used to define all or portions of the southern boundaries of Caroline and King William counties and the northern boundaries of Hanover and New Kent counties. The Pamunkey winds snakelike, until it reached Piping Tree, at which point it widens.

Thomas Lafayette "Tex" Rosser (October 15, 1836 – March 29, 1910) was a Confederate major general during Civil War. A favorite of J.E.B. Stuart, he was noted for his daring cavalry raids, efficiency in handling combat troops, and tactical brilliance. Born in Campbell County, Virginia, he was a member of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point when he resigned to enlist in the Confederate Army in April, 1861. Commissioned a Captain of artillery, he commanded his battery during the Seven Days Battles, Peninsula Campaigns and was later promoted Colonel of the 5th Virginia Cavalry. He commanded his regiment in the fighting at Antietam, Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness and was promoted Brigadier General. For distinguished service in the Shenandoah Valley, he was appointed Major General in November, 1864. In January 1865, he conducted a successful raid on New Creek, West Virginia, taking hundreds of prisoners and seizing much need quantities of supplies. He commanded a cavalry division during the Siege of Petersburg and was in the Appomattox Campaign until he surrendered at Staunton, Virginia, on May 4, 1865. After the war he was superintendent of the National Express Company and later as chief engineer of the Northern Pacific and Canadian Pacific Railroads. In 1898 Rosser was a brigadier general of volunteers in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War.

Records on General Rosser, his family and Piping Tree accompany painting.  [sl]

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