David Hunter Strother Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

David Hunter Strother Collection, 300 THL/WFCHS

Scope and Content: The collection contains David Hunter Strother’s "Personal Recollections of the War by a Virginian," published in Harper’s Weekly on Sept. 1866, Oct. 1866, and April 1868. A copy of an address given by Gen. Strother on July 4, 1876, is also included. A letter written by Mrs. Edmund Lee in 1864 berating him for burning her house is also included. Articles and information of an exhibit about D.H. Strother’s artistic career are included.
(1 box) Last updated 01/2012.

Biographical/Historical: David Hunter Strother was born in Martinsburg, WV, Sept. 16, 1816, being the son of Colonel John Strother, who was the proprietor for many years of the Berkeley Springs Hotel. He studied art in Europe and New York and in 1853 began to contribute to Harper’s Magazine under the signature "Porte Crayon." During the Civil War, he served under Major-General David Hunter and became Colonel of the Third West Virginia Cavalry. He was breveted Brig. General in 1865. He died of pneumonia on Thursday, March 8, 1888, and was buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Martinsburg, WV.

Cite As: David Hunter Strother, 300 THL/WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

See also: Strother, David Hunter—Account of John Brown’s Death, 1859—on microfilm Thorton Tayloe Perry Collection, reel 6


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Articles and Exhibit Notes about David Hunter Strother (Porte Crayon) unnumbered items, printed

July 4, 1876—Historical address delivered by Gen. David Hunter Strother

Lee, Mrs. Edmund, letter to Gen. David Hunter Strother berating him for burning her house, July 20, 1864

Personal recollections of the War by a Virginian published in Harper’s Weekly.