Painting of General Hooker on a rock

 

I posted this picture over on the internet Lincoln Discussion Symposium site back in October 2012. I’d thought I’d share it with my Lincoln blog readers. It is a hand-painted drawing on a rock that I found in an antique store here in Michigan. The picture only shows part of the work. It is portraying General Hooker with troops in 1863. The artist signed “Suwal” on the back. I questioned the store owner about the piece. She said he is an elderly gentleman in his 90’s who brings in his paintings every few months or so. I asked her to ask him-next time he comes into the store-to create a rock painting of Lincoln. She said she would. It is not an ordinary thing one would find. Yes, I bought it! :)

I’m reminded of General Hooker’s comment: “The Rebel army is now the legitimate property of the Army of the Potomac.”

Afterward, Hooker got his “clocked cleaned” by that “Rebel army.” Those must have been hard words to swallow, indeed!

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