Battle of Shepherdstown
Original Author: Alfred R. Waud
Created: September 1862
Medium: Pencil and Chinese white on olive paper
Publisher: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division

Battle of Shepherdstown

A pencil sketch by Alfred R. Waud, an artist for Harper's Weekly who was an eyewitness to the event, depicts some Union soldiers resting and others firing across the Potomac River at their Confederate counterparts. The two-day Battle of Shepherdstown took place on September 19 and 20, 1862, and ended in a stalemate, but it was the war's bloodiest engagement in the region that would become West Virginia. An engraving based on the sketch was published in Harper's Weekly on October 11, 1862.