The Amazing Civil War Art of Surgeon Lucius Manlius Sargent, Jr., 1st Mass. Cavalry – Chasing Mosby!

Dr. Lucius M. Sargent is writing home to his father.  The letter is headed, “Hd. Qrs. 1st Mass. Cav Near Warrenton, Va. Nov. 17th, 1863”.  He writes in ink on the reverse of a legal size sheet on which he has penned a truly amazing sketch entitled, “Steerage Passengers” which in the letter he states “a subject with which I feel somewhat acquainted” (the 1st Mass Cavalry had previously made the long trip by boat to Hilton Head, S.C. and then back to Virginia).  Lucius came from one of the most prominent families in Boston and his father was a famous writer.

Here is Sargent’s letter:

Hd. Qrs. 1st Mass. Cay. Near Warrenton, Va.
Nov. 17th, 1863.

My Dear Father,
Excuse this unceremonious mode of address. I send you herewith a sketch of “steerage passengers,” a subject with which I feel somewhat acquainted. I am in capital health. Our lines were attacked last night by Ralph Mosby himself with about a hundred men. The pickets of the 1st Penn. Cay. were drawn in & the main reserve charged upon and fired into. Two men wounded, one dangerously. Mosby captured two men who escaped. I was up a great part of the night, as we apprehended an attack on our camp. I have sent out one squad on this p.m. to lay a trap. I fear they will not capture Mosby. It is said & believed that we are shortly to cross the Rappahannock & march to Culpepper again. Have you read Gant’s speech (the Governor of Arkansas)?

Love to all.
Your affectionate son,
Lucius M. Sargent, Jr.
1st Mass. Cav.
Capt. Comdg.

Doctor Lucius M. Sargent, Jr. served as Captain of Company H in the 1st Mass. Cavalry.  He became Major in January of 1864 and Lieut. Colonel of the 1st Mass. Cavalry on September 30th, 1864.  Several months later he was killed at the battle of Bellefield Station, Va. on December 9th, 1864. 

This piece has been archivally deacidified and cleaned and is in fine condition.  One of the finest pieces of Civil War art we have seen. 

#L11-17-63MA – Price $1,895