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.