1865-66 ARCHIVE Civil War Artist William Henry Shelton in Pithole City PA
Archive of William Henry Shelton Allen's Hill, NY. 1932 A respected nineteenth century painter, etcher and illustrator, William Henry Shelton is today best remembered for his military art, most specifically his scenes from the American Civil War. Shelton, in fact, served in a New York State regiment during the conflict and thus his etchings and drawings are based upon actual experiences. He participated as an artillery commander in the Battle of the Wilderness, where he was badly wounded and taken prisoner by the Confederates.
Approximately 8 fascinating unpublished multi-paged letters primarily to his cousin Louisa relating to his one year experiment & experience in the newly founded oil boom town of Pithole in Venango County, Pa.