Obverse - 2
Obverse - 2

Obverse - 2






J.E. Taylor Drawing, "Battle of Hupps Hill".

Sub-collection: General George A. Custer

Duplicate Illustration of "Custer Attacking Early's Infantry at Hupp's Hill".
This is a reproduction of the illustration "Custer Attacking Early's Infantry at Hupp's Hill," by the famous 19th century artist J.E. Taylor. This image was created in 1898 from Taylor's 1864 battlefield sketches. It includes images of two of General George Armstrong Custer's Civil War flags carried at the Battle at Hupps Hill (Stickley's Farm), in Virginia in 1864.

James E. Taylor was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A Notre Dame graduate at the tender age of 16, he enlisted in the Tenth New York Infantry (National Zouaves) in 1861. A gifted artist, he began making battlefield sketches during his military service. In the era of wet plate photography, photographs had a long exposure time, making action photographs impossible. This made a skilled "combat" artist invaluable. Taylor began sending his sketches to Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and when he left army service in 1863, he was hired as a "special artist". For the rest of the war, Taylor traveled with the Union Army in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, sketching panoramas of battles and the settings of the war.

The original of this illustration is in the Western Reserve Historical Society. Taylor made this drawing from that sketch in 1898. Two of the flags carried by General George Custer can be seen in the scene; flags now in the Zaricor Flag Collection. These flags are: Custer's 3rd Division designating flag (ZFC0489) and the young general's 3rd Personal Guidon (ZFC0490), made for him by his wife Elisabeth.

- Acquired by purchase from Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio, in 2002.

ZFC Significant Flag
Item is Framed


Index to Illustrations in "With Sheridan up the Shenandoah Valley, Western Reserve Historical Society, 19 November 2011, from:

James E. Taylor (1839-1901), The Becker Collection, 19 November 2011, from: http://idesweb.bc.edu/becker/artists/taylor

The Engagement at Stickley's Farm or Hupp's Hill, The Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, 19 March 2011, from:

The James E. Taylor Album, Drawings of the Western Frontier, 19 November 2011, from: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/taylor/taylor.htm

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 10
Length of Fly 12


Is it framed? yes
Frame Height 14.5
Frame Length 18.75


Are there stars on obverse? no
Are there stars on reverse? no


Has a Blood Stripe? no


Description of Crest/Emblem Print from drawing


Nation Represented United States


Fabric Paper


Comments on Method of Attachmen Framed 14.5" x 18.75"


Applique Sides 3-D Artifact


All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Research Documents

Public Copy & Signs


Condition Excellent
Damage New
Displayable yes


Date 1997