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Early 20th Century WATERCOLOR Painting

J.E. McGinnis, 1905.


Description: Signed lower right J.E. McGinnis, 1905. Image 15 ¾ inches x 19 ¾ inches, gilt frame.  Behind glass

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The Government steamer Gen. Meigs, which was sunk on January 19, 1864 off Fort Carroll, Patapsco River, was loaded with gunpowder and was bound to Port Tobacco. The steamer was fast in the ice when the steamer Adelaide came down upon her, and the steamer Georgia, on the other side, causing her to sink. Painting laid down on linen. Very Good condition.

The Steamer?s namesake, General Montgomery C. Meigs, was born in 1816. He graduated from West Point as an engineer. He helped build America's forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. As a young man, he designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water. He built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the brand-new US Capitol. Introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward, Meigs became Lincoln's quartermaster. It was during the Civil War that Meigs became a national hero. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant's base of supplies that made Union victories possible. He sustained Sherman's army in Georgia and the March to the Sea. President Abraham Lincoln judged him to be the indispensable architect of the Union victory. After the war Meigs built Arlington Cemetery.

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