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Date(s) - 10/10/2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marymount University Main Campus, Library Auditorium


Robert Knox Sneden (1832-1918) was an architectural draftsman and American landscape artist. During the Civil War he served as a private in Company D of the 40th New York Infantry and as a topographical engineer in the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac.  He would survive the Civil War and remain unmarried throughout his life. He died nearly a pauper at the Soldiers’ Home in Bath, N.Y., in 1918. However, he was a good soldier, and left a good war record. And that’s not ll he left behind. He also left behind a treasure trove of drawings, painting, and sketches of what he saw during the Civil War in what is now Arlington, elsewhere in northern Virginia, on the battlefield, and in prison camps in the south. These are some of the best and most accurate color depictions of Civil War.

Dean DeRosa will be providing the historical context for Sneden’s work. Mr. DeRosa is a History Interpreter at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and NPS Volunteer at Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. He is a frequent contributor to the annual Arlington Historical Magazine and has spoken at AHS events in the past about the history behind the George Washington Memorial Parkway and historic changes to Arlington National Cemetery.

The program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Reinsch Library auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University. This event is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of History and Politics. For more information, email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org or call: (703) 892-4204

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and FREE PARKING: Attendees should enter the Marymount University campus at the library gate on N. 26th Street. From Glebe Road going north, take a right onto 26th Street. Pass the intersection with Yorktown Road and then enter the campus through the next gate on your left. The library is to your left as you enter the campus. Free garage parking is just past the library at the bottom of the small incline.