I Demand the Surrender of Sylvester Cannon
Credit: August 13
Original Author: Schell and Hogan, artists
Medium: Wood engraving

“I Demand the Surrender of Sylvester Cannon”,Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division,Tuesday

A wood engraving published in the March 1, 1884, edition of Harper's Weekly depicts armed authorities boarding a ship in the Chesapeake Bay. The so-called Chesapeake Oyster Wars took place in the 1880s, at the height of the oyster boom. Oyster farmers from Virginia and Maryland battled over rights to oyster beds, and state authorities raided ships that were poaching or illegally dredging for oysters.