PAINTING CAPTURED BY A UNION SOLDIER FOLLOWING THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG

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Appropriated during the Battle of Fredericksburg by a Union soldier, Corporal Irving M. Rockefeller, Co. “C”, 131st Pennsylvania Infantry. Mounted in a period gilt frame, 15.25” x 23”, the colored painting depicts a young girl gathering flowers. It exhibits two patches of moderate water staining, else highly attractive. Outer gilt frame displays light dings and nicks customary with age and usage. Accompanying explanatory note, in cursive handwriting, in lower left corner, reads as follows:

“Presented to Miss Harriet E. / Rockefeller. Was a relic taken while wounded from the ruins of Fredericksburg after its bombardment and occupation by General Burnsides troops December the 14th A.D. 1862 by her brother / I.M. Rockefeller.”

Irving M. Rockefeller was a resident of Northumberland County, PA, who enlisted as Corporal and was mustered into Co. “C”, the 131st PA Infantry, 8/14/1862. He was mustered out at Harrisburg, PA, 5/23/1863. His unit, the 131st PA, was a nine-month regiment mustered in August 1862 that was attached to the 5th Corps, with whom it was engaged at Fredericksburg in December 1862 and at the Battle of Chancellorsville the following spring, mustering out in May 1863. During service lost 38 killed and mortally wounded and 45 by disease for a total of 83.

A highly unique household souvenir from the Battle of Fredericksburg, appropriated by a wounded Union soldier.  [JP]

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