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Drawing by Henry M. O'Connor: Boyd's Ferry [Knoxville Tennessee], represented by Childs Gallery

Henry M. O'Connor

American (1891-1975)

Boyd’s Ferry [Knoxville Tennessee], 1913
Pen and ink with graphite

Inscribed in pencil lower right: “Boyd’s Ferry / Tenn / .13”. In fine condition, with wo notebook punch holes in the left edge.

Boyd’s Ferry lies on the Holston River, about 6 miles above Knoxville, Tennessee. It was involved in the 1863 siege of Knoxville by Confederate forces. During the assault, Confederate troops attempted to launch a raft from the ferry that would reach and carry away the pontoon-bridge in use by Union forces under Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. Union Brigadier-General Orlando M. Poe counteracted the destructive raft by stretching an iron cable boom across the river above the bridge to catch it. The Battle of Fort Sanders was won by Union forces on November 29, 1863. During this same seige, Union General William P. Sanders fell, causing the fort to be named after him. This drawing dates to the year of the 50th anniversary of the battle.