University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Fauquier White Sulphur Springs: Harper’s Weekly, September 19, 1863

Mr. Waud’s sketches were published in Harper’s Weekly less than a month after Pell Manning’s letter was written and confirm Manning’s description.

"The Army of the Potomac—General Birney’s Camp at Warrenton Sulphur Springs, Virginia" sketched by Mr. A. R. Waud. Harper’s Weekly, September 19, 1863.

“The Army of the Potomac—General Birney’s Camp at Warrenton Sulphur Springs, Virginia” sketched by Mr. A. R. Waud. Harper’s Weekly, September 19, 1863.

Manning writes of drinking “about a pint” of the sulphur water. Waud’s drawing, titled “Drinking the Sulphur Water,” shows a trio of soldiers gathered around the spring with cups. He also draws the springs “situated in a basin about thirty feet in diameter, the flooring of which is composed of white marble,” as well as the “seven granite steps” referred to by Manning.

Manning describes the hotel as “one mass of ruins from ‘turret to foundation stone’ though the “massive granite pillars are still standing.” He also mentions the premises being “shaded by magnificent shade trees, mostly chestnut & walnut.”