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.
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.
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"