a.k.a. Porte Crayon
was one of the most accomplished and
diverse men of the new state of West
Virginia. Born in Martinsburg, he trained
as an artist in Europe and gained fame
as a writer and illustrator for national
magazines under the name Porte Crayon.
From Charles Town he reported and illustrated
John Brown’s capture, trial and
execution for Harper’s Weekly
in 1859. During the Civil War Strother
served as a Union officer and topographer
who saw action in several major battles.