c. 1861 Civil War Period, Hand-Colored Engraved Print, “LANDING OF UNITED STATES TROOPS AT FORT WALKER AFTER THE BOMBARDMENT, NOVEMBER 7TH, 1861,” After Frank Leslie, Very Fine.Historical Civil War Handcolored Print featuring a scene from The Battle of Port Royale, one of the earliest Amphibious military engagements of the Civil War. Measures 13.5” x 9.5” (by sight), maker not seen, in period wood frame. It is after Frank Leslie’s Wood Engraving of 1861 then titled, Great Naval Expedition - The Landing of the U.S. Troops at Fort Walker, Port Royal Harbor, S.C., After its Evacuation by the Rebel Forces on the Afternoon of November 7. The lower central part of the images features a solider with a boldly colored American flag. Around him other soldiers swarm the shore from the blockading ships. Light even tone with nice blue color to the uniforms, and a vivid red and blue to the American Flags being flown on the Navy steam paddle troop ships and the largest and most bold being the American Flag carried by a Union soldier ashore during the landing assault. Scarce.
“Landing of United States troops at Fort Walker, after the bombardment, November 7th, 1861. In order to establish a naval rendezvous where vessels on the way to or from blockading squadrons could coal and take refuge in case of need, it was decided by the Federal authorities to capture the entrance to Port Royal, South Carolina.
A large expedition was fitted out, and after a heavy bombardment of about four hours, signal was given that the two forts, Walker and Beauregard, had been abandoned. When the Federal troops landed at Fort Walker they found numbers of dead and dying amidst dismounted guns in all directions, and the hospital building shot through and through in many places. The loss on the fleet was 8 killed and 23 wounded."— Frank Leslie, 1896