Gettysburg Illustrations - WileyStudio

Doc reenacted as a Battlefield Illustrator-Photographer, and Dixie as an Ice Angel-Photographer. Eventually, the full color, black and white, and period-style Illustrations will cover most key events and personages of the battle held to be the turning point of the American Civil War.

INTERESTING NOTES ON CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD ILLUSTRATORS: Alfred Waud, Frank Vizetelly, and other Civil War Battlefield Illustrators were civilian artists who produced artworks as they followed both Union and Confederate Armies throughout the war. Their initial quick battlefield sketches were further developed in camp, then sent by horse couriers or blockade runners for conversion into engravings in publications such as Harper's Weekly, The New York Illustrated News, and The Illustrated London News. In this way, live action battlefield events were brought to American and European audiences quickly - for the time - and made the Civil War the first conflict viewable in history as it unfolded. Photography was a new technology - so the photographic work of Gardner and Brady was not yet reproducible in printed publications. In addition, camera shutter speeds were slow and not capable of capturing live action - which is why the photography of the time tended to capture after-battle scenes, portraits, and static images - making the work of battlefield illustrators the only way to convey battlefield live action scenes. Illustrators like Waud and Vizetelly lived frequently with front line troops and were in much personal peril as they worked. A typical up to 30-minute pencil sketch was further rendered in camp or in the field then sent in to a publisher in as few as two days where the conversion into wood block or metal plate engravings were made by a team of artists for printing and distribution to a waiting public. Waud, following the Army Of The Potomac worked for Northern publications and could get his work published fairly quickly, but Vizetelly - following the Army Of Northern Virginia - faced the added constraint of having to send his work to The Illustrated London News via blockade runners from Wilmington, North Carolina. Of interest; there was a Northern Bounty on both Vizetelly AND his work - as it was considered propaghanda against the north. Such was the commitment of Battlefield Illustrators and publishers at the time. Illustrated newspapers with Civil War Battlefield Scenes were in very high demand and sometimes sold more than 300.000 copies per issue.



Gettysburg: Ash's At The Angle

Heart, Family, And The American Civil War:

My nephew Dennis Ash and his son Brian are Confederate Re-enactors - and Dennis a stabilized cancer patient. So, I was inspired to get this done ahead of us participating in the 150th Gettysburg Anniversary re-enactment where Dennis and Brian made Pickett's Charge as part of the 8th Tennessee / Cleburne's Division - whom I followed and as a Civilian Battlefield Illustrator. Dennis is the Confederate First Sergeant with Enfield, and Brian the Drummer near Carmela their Golden Retriever. All three were in the movie "Gettysburg".

Scene And Composition:

This is the High Water Mark of the Confederacy; but equally shows the fire power of the Union Line.

The from-south (looking north) view depicts those 200-300 Confederate soldiers who had already passed over the wheat field and two Emmitsburg Road rail fences as part of Picket's Charge and then approached "The Angle"; hence the title: Gettysburg: Ash's At The Angle. The 2-3' stone wall with 80-yard z-shaped offset is obscured by cannonades, rifle shots, pistol fire, smoke, and soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. There are casualties mixed in but not emphasized. Ziegler's Grove is in the background so the Copse Of Trees is just out of view to the right, and there are in excess of 500 soldiers within the scene.

Flags, Weapons, Uniforms, Insignias:

Unit flag variants are generally true to unit and position - though historical discrepancies and artistic license do exist. Weapons inventory and detail are accurate. Uniforms include subtle fidelity such as Dennis using a 3-strap Enfield Rifled Musket as a front-line First Sergeant with 8th Virginia emblem on his Kepi. First Sergeants and below on both sides tended to carry Enfield's at Gettysburg, whereas Sergeant Majors carried pistols and NCO swords - like officers - and were not usually front-line combatants. Swords shown are pre-1821 curved sabers or 1850's variant straight blades. Variants of rank patches or insignias are correctly positioned on arms or elsewhere.

Historical Figures:

Confederate General Armistead is shown with his un-pierced hat atop his saber as he stepped over the Angle - as was brought out by eyewitness accounts. Movies and artwork; however, frequently show his hat pierced. That he had a pistol drawn and held in his left hand is up for argument. His life-friend Union General Hancock is on his black mount 150-200 yards behind the Angle to the right. Save Dennis and Brian, all other soldiers are anonymous.

Inventory:

24 Unit Flags, Field Binoculars, Remington 5.5" and 8" 1858 .44 cal New Army Revolvers (including brass variant), Remington 8" 1851 Navy .44 cal, 2-Strap Parker-Hale 24" 1861 Pattern .58 cal Enfield Musketoon, 3-Strap Enfield 39" 1853 Pattern .577 cal Rifled Musket, 7 Union black-barreled smoothbore 6 and 12 pounders firing canister, Resupply Wagon, Ammunition Boxes, Bayonets, Short Swords, Bowie Knife, Hand Pike, Daggers, Mini Balls, Cartridge and Cap Boxes, Canteens, Scarves, Explosions, Fire.

Time Of Execution: 150 Hours
Technique / Media: Etched Rendered Mixed Graphite and Prisma-Color (61 Colors)
Size: 11" x 17"

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