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June 2017 Documents of the Month | Camp Sketches


By John Coski

The most popular subjects of sketches by Civil War soldiers were their camps – no doubt a product of the amount of time they spent in those camps. Highlighted here are two such sketches from the Museum’s collections: a simple pencil and ink sketch of a simple camp at Neil’s Dam, Virginia, 1861, by Pvt. Kennedy Palmer of Company H, 13th Virginia Infantry, and a more elaborate sketch of the more elaborate winter quarters of an artillery battalion in Albemarle County, Virginia, 1863-1864.

Setting up a camp is one of the things that children will learn by attending the Soldier Life Day Camps in Appomattox during the week of June 19-22. See our calendar of events for more details.