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Council of War in Winchester VA

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April 21, 2018 all-day
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Compiled in 2015 by Jim Moyer, updated 4/21/2019

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Relic Hunter Series.

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What value is a Relic ?

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A cannonball sitting in someone’s attic?

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Where’s its story? Where’s its place of origin?

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We have the story and the relic (it’s a picture) and its place of origin.

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First the story of its origin:

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COUNCIL OF WAR IN WINCHESTER VA

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April 21, 1756

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The Captains of the Council of War agreed to stay in Winchester rather than go to Fort Cumberland.

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 “…The most judicious of the Inhabitants solicited our continuation here in the most earnest manner; and represented in the strongest light, the impossibility of their making a stand, should any accident happen to the small party we proposed marching with…”

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See letters Washington writes on the same day of this Council of War in Winchester VA.

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appeal to gw from winchester

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What made this moment that caused this Council of War in Winchester VA famous?

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An illustration captioned “The People of Winchester Appealing to Washington” in Washington Irving’s  Life of Washington (Volume 1 of 4) 1856 made this moment famous.

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Felix Darley drew it.

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This picture above, is a copy and not Darley’s original.

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Washington Irving (1783-1859) , the author who gave you the Legend of Sleepy Hollow wrote a popular biography of George Washington. It was reprinted in magazines with the illustration above.

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Page 236 is the illustration in Volume 1 of 5 volumes of Life of George Washington, By Washington Irving, published by G P Putnam & Co, 1857.

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Click or Touch Up Arrow on bottom left. Then the horizontal bar appears at bottom. Move the round dot to move the pages.  Or just click or touch the page you want to move. Click or Touch Down arrow to see the pages.  There’s a zoom function. Play with it. Or use links above to read this book.   Get to Page 236 to see the picture of the Winchester residents beseeching Washington to stay.

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This version is text only. Got to Page 215.

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See [  ] in bottom right? Click or Touch that to enlarge.

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Read the story Washington Irving, tells  the story on Page 215, of the people of Winchester VA beseeching Colonel George Washington to stay in town and not leave for the more outer forts.

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Look at the ceiling.

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A painting based on Darley’s drawing appeared

on the ceiling of the Empire Theatre

on northwest corner

of Rouss and Cameron streets

Winchester VA.

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After the Empire Theatre/ Capitol Theatre 

was torn down,

Farmers and Merchants Bank

acquired the property

and recovered the painting

and after restoring it,

displayed it in the F&M bank.

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See Handley Library Archives photos of Empire Theatre.

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10 August 2016 is around the date of  Feltner Museum is closing.

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And apparently it has been in the process of closing for some time.

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They still have that picture they saved from the Empire Theatre mentioned above.

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Click or Touch to Enlarge. Photos taken by Jim Moyer.

We were allowed a private showing. We visited the room in August 2016. Here is how the picture looks in that room.

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We’re wondering

what the status

of this picture

in the old F&M building will be,

since the closing

of the Feltner Museum

might mean this copy will be moved or sold?

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Click or Touch to Enlarge. Photos taken by Jim Moyer.

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See Winchester Star

(10 August 2016) article

on Feltner Museum closing (link was broken when the Winchester Star changed its online format).

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winchester appeal to people

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In 1932 the bicentennial of Washington’s Birthday, another version was created.

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The Winchester Frederick County Historical Society commissioned the artist, Burtis Baker.

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The picture here shows a metal engraving used to help Burtis Baker paint his copy.

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See link at Handley Library Archives.

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The final product

by Burtis Baker’s version

of Darley’s drawing,

still exists

in the west wall

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Click or Touch to Enlarge. Photo by Jim Moyer December 2015.

reading room of Handley Library.

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This is the picture shown here on the right, taken December 2015.

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Notes for further research


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Jim Moyer wix story

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http://jimmoyer1.wixsite.com/fortloudounva/single-post/2016/08/11/Winchester-Appeals-to-Washington

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Non-illustrated biography of George Washington by Washington Irving

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https://archive.org/stream/lifegeorgewashi30irvigoog#page/n9/mode/2up

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2 days after Council of War April 21, 1756 there was another Council of War held on deciding to abandon forts and garrisons at Enoch, Horners and reduce garrison at Fort Edwards

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https://founders.archives.gov/?q=Date%3A1756-04-23&s=1111311111&r=3

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