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Armistead's Encouragement

Armistead's Encouragement

This is a Civil War Battlefield Illustration similar to the work of battlefield artists who portrayed a war in short time step-by-step to a waiting public for the first time in history. Photography at that time was not capable of capturing live action. This "Period Battlefield Illustration" was produced in one day - from a working action sketch that took 28 minutes.

The complete scene features three main battle sweep areas; the focus point being the theme at the bottom.

Confederate General Armistead is shown encouraging his brigade with saber raised pointing at the goal of Picket’s Charge; Ziegler's Grove and The Copse Of Tress. And, his hat is not yet suspended on his saber tip. Some of Armistead’s Brigade have already passed him but he continues the encouragement for those still around. Not all of the Confederate Soldiers are directing their gaze at Armistead nor moving forward fast enough, which has raised the ire of the incredulous Confederate Sergeant Major at right. A Fighting Chaplain is shown kneeling at center consulting an Open Bible and no doubt in intense prayer. Other soldiers are concentrating on the task at hand; fixing bayonets and prepping their gear. The smoke of battle drifts through them and evidence of grass and wheat is at their feet.

Generals Garnet and Kemper lead on horseback, wounded lie in the center foreground, battle flags true to unit positions can be seen, and Union Artillery takes its toll - with hats, gear, and the unfortunate flying. Just above Garnet and Kemper’s Brigades the first two major battlefield obstacles can be seen; the rail fences on either side of Emmitsburg Road, and above that there is the rest of the open ground to cross before The Angle and Low Wall.

The key terrain features are Ziegler’s Grove (upper left), The Copse Of Trees (upper left center), and The Angle just below and to the left of The Copse Of Trees. The Grove and Copse were the visual reference points for the convergence of the Confederate attack; and when Armistead and 200-300 Confederate Soldiers reached The Angle it marked what is now known as the “High Water Mark Of The Confederacy”. Confederate shell bursts are shown overhead and on the ground and the smoke of battle pervades the Union Line as the Union cannonade continues. At this brief moment the Union Line is holding musket fire... ...waiting for The Moment.

It is a "toward east" - from the west view of Cemetary Ridge and The Angle - different than "Gettysburg: Ash's At The Angle" also in this Patriot Series.

Time Of Execution: 12 Hours
Technique / Media: Contour Line Graphite and white Prisma-Color and gouache on sepia paper.
Size: 9" x 12"