As 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.
R. B. Price’s JCCW Testimony – “Porte Crayon”19 07 2009