Hand Colored Drawing of Plaque Mounted on the English Blakely Gun Captured at the Battle of Cheraw in 1864

Hand-colored drawing, 9.5 x 6.25 in., framed, 16 x 14 in., resembling the plaque originally mounted on the English Blakely gun that was presented to the newly seceded state of South Carolina by the citizens of England. Ovate drawing includes colorful handwritten text reading "Presented / to the / Sovereign State / of / South Carolina. / By One of Her Citizens Residing Abroad / in Commemoration of the / 20th December. 1860." Text along bottom edge, appearing to be clipped and pasted typewriter print, reads "This Plate, Has Been Taken Off of a Rebel Cannon, Captured at the Battel [sic] of Scherew. Sout [sic] Carolina." Ink inscription featured at bottom left of drawing reads "1864."

Given in commemoration of the secession of South Carolina, the English Blakely gun was so remarkable that General P.G.T. Beauregard commented on its superiority over other weapons in an April 1861 report to Confederate Secretary of War, L.P. Walker. An engraving of the gun was also featured in the May 18, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly, showing the original plaque. The gun also saw important action, being used in the first engagement of the Civil War, and captured at the Battle of Cheraw, South Carolina, in 1864. It was then that the featured drawing was created. The gun was later presented to the Grant Park Commission in honor of President Grant's birthday, and remains at Grant Park to this day, though without the original plaque. 


Drawing with a large stain over right portion and some adhesive residue/soiling around edge. Colored ink also faded in some places (particularly red ink).

Estimate: $600 - $800
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