[Harper's Weekly: Camp Ford, Texas Sketch]

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Hand-colored print of the Civil War camp, Camp Ford took from an 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly, page 132. Camp Ford, located near Tyler, Texas was established in 1863 as a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War. Over the course of two years, the camp held about 6,000 prisoners and was one of the largest Confederate prison camps west of the Mississippi River. George Washington Simmons, pictured holding a pail, was the paymaster of the USS Clifton, captured at Sabine Pass on September 8, 1863. The crew was initially incarcerated at Camp Groce near Hempstead, but the prisoners were ... continued below

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1 picture : col. ; 27 x 41 cm.

Creation Information

Simmons, G. W. March 4, 1865.

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This artwork is part of the collection entitled: Star of the Republic Museum Objects and was provided by Star of the Republic Museum to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 430 times , with 9 in the last month . More information about this work can be viewed below.

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  • Main Title: [Harper's Weekly: Camp Ford, Texas Sketch]
  • Added Title: "Camp Ford, Texas"

Description

Hand-colored print of the Civil War camp, Camp Ford took from an 1865 issue of Harper's Weekly, page 132. Camp Ford, located near Tyler, Texas was established in 1863 as a Confederate prison camp during the Civil War. Over the course of two years, the camp held about 6,000 prisoners and was one of the largest Confederate prison camps west of the Mississippi River. George Washington Simmons, pictured holding a pail, was the paymaster of the USS Clifton, captured at Sabine Pass on September 8, 1863. The crew was initially incarcerated at Camp Groce near Hempstead, but the prisoners were all moved to Camp Ford in December 1863. Simmons was in the Prisoner exchange that occurred at Red River Landing on February 25, 1865. The lithograph made from his sketch was published in New York on March 4, 1865, only a week after his exchange.

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1 picture : col. ; 27 x 41 cm.

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Star of the Republic Museum Objects

From the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, these items (dating from 1700s-1800s) include furniture, clothing, buttons, farm implements, china, trade tokens, arrowheads, cooking utensils, and looms.

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  • March 4, 1865

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  • Jan. 18, 2008, 4:58 a.m.

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  • Nov. 28, 2018, 12:12 p.m.

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  • 32.396301, -95.267229

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Simmons, G. W. [Harper's Weekly: Camp Ford, Texas Sketch], artwork, March 4, 1865; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth31191/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Star of the Republic Museum.