Harper's Weekly

Thanks to Evelyn Ryland and Judy Richwine for this.



We publish above a view of Urbanna, on the Rappahannock, lately visited by a reconnoitring party from Fortress Monroe.

Urbanna is a small village near the mouth of the Rappahannock River, in Middlesex County, Virginia. It was formerly a place of some note, but now has dwindled into almost insignicance. The bricks composing some of the houses were brought from England more than a hundred and fifty years ago. It boasts one store, a church, and a school-house; the two last have been converted into lodgings for the soldiers now quartered there. Some time ago the Harriet Lane came up and threw a few shell into the woods on the banks of the river; since then the inhabitants, with the exception of a few men, have all deserted their homes and gone far back into the country. The rebels have erected strong batteries both above and below the village.

Harper's Weekly
December 14, 1861