J. Nep Roesler. “Pickets on the Road fr Cp Andrsn to Tompkins Farm.” From Album of the Campaign of 1861 in Western Virginia. Cincinnati: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., 1862. 8 x 11. Lithograph.Considerable wear and stains in margins, not affecting images.
A lithographed scenes of the 47th Ohio during their campaign in West Virginia are based on drawings by J. Nep Roesler, a Corporal of the color guard in the 47th. This print was issued in a now very rare set of twenty images entitled, Album of the Campaign of 1861 in Western Virginia published by the Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. firm from Cincinnati. This firm also published a series of portraits of Civil War generals and political figures at about the same time. The images concern General William S. Rosecrans’ Kanawha Valley campaign of late 1861. Unusual for the time, only one image in the series shows a battle scene, the rest showing troops on picket duty, marching, crossing rivers, and so forth. These rare prints are unusual and fascinating documents of Civil War history. This image shows a Union encampment at Gauley Bridge, WV.