R. B. Price’s JCCW Testimony – “Porte Crayon”

19 07 2009

strother_portrait_webAs many of you are no doubt aware, the “Porte Crayon” identified in Price’s testimony as the source of enemy troop strength was none other than David Hunter Strother, an artist, diarist, and native of Martinsburg, VA.  He would serve as a staff officer for George McClellan and John Pope, and receive a brigadier general brevet.  His wartime observations are collected in A Virginia Yankee in the Civil War.  Already famous before the war, Strother sketched the John Brown trial in Charlestown.

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19 07 2009
Chris Evans

I have always enjoyed Strother’s art work and his observations. I remember being first struck by the wonderfulness of his art in the Time-Life volume of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign. They had a nice two page spread that showed his sketches and told a little bit about him. Might have to pick up that book on him someday.
Thanks,
Chris

20 07 2009
cenantua

Harry,

As you probably know, I’m rather fond of old “Porte Crayon,” so I’m glad to see him mentioned here.

Robert

23 01 2010
Debbie

I think I may have found a sketch by Porte Crayon. I must say that researching this sketch and coming across all the info about Crayon has intrigued me. But I am at a loss as to how to find out if indeed I do possess one of his sketches.
Any guidance?? thanks
Debbie

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