Leaving the Old Home
Medium: Gouache on illustration board
Dimensions: sheet: 18 1/2 × 13 1/8 in. (47 × 33.3 cm)
Illustration Citation: Order no. 11: A Tale of the Border, by Caroline Abbot Stanley (New York: Century, 1904)
Credit Line: Acquistion Fund, 1991
About: The title Order no. 11 refers to the martial law issued by the Union Army in 1863 during the Civil War, directing residents of rural Missouri who pledged loyalty to the Northern cause to leave their farms and relocate to villages near Union military posts. Southern sympathizers were required to go to Confederate states. The order was meant to deprive Confederate operatives of any support in Missouri, which had abolished slavery earlier that year.
Harry C. Edwards portrays a family originally from Virginia who must abandon their Missouri home. The smoking landscape and dismayed expressions suggest the hardship of the journey. Standing at left are two former enslaved persons who have decided not to accompany the family, preferring to take their chances on their own and remain in Missouri.
Permalink to this object: