As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I add the following image. We are working on a couple of new pieces of art for new exhibits at Fredericksburg, and Frank O’Reilly of our staff is guiding the artist. Frank is himself a skilled sketch artist, and he routinely develops sketches as references for new pieces the park has commissioned for new exhibits. This one, which coincidentally came to my hands today, is focused on the area around the Stratton house and the Fairgrounds. What it represents is Frank’s best take on what the Fairgrounds looked like on December 13, 1862 (no one on earth knows more about December 13, 1862, than Frank O’Reilly). It reflects his interpretation not just of maps, but also of myriad written accounts. I share it here as the most complete extant visual interpretation of the Fairgrounds on that fateful day. Bear in mind, this sketch was done hastily, and not for publication. But Frank has graciously okayed its posting on Mysteries and Conundrums. The image looks roughly east from an elevated position near Brompton. The Innis House is at the bottom.
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