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This painting was a commission from the man on the right. His best friends are the other two men, they are brothers. He commissioned this piece to celebrate their friendship and also to acknowledge to that his best mates are descended from a survivor of this historic battle. Their ancestor was fighting on side of the Confederates. I have taken some artistic licence with this work as there was certain things he wanted me to include. Originally, he wanted three portraits AND a Gettysburg Battle painting, as I was leaving town soon I knew that I didn’t have time to finish all four works, so I suggested combining all into the one work! He liked the idea, gave me the OK so into the studio I went, a week later I had it finished. He was VERY HAPPY with it! So, as well as my fee, he threw in a car! The car was a Ford Falcon XD, it went for years and years!
The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest of the American Civil War. Starting as a chance meeting engagement on July 1, the Confederates were initially successful in driving Union cavalry and two infantry corps from their defensive positions, through the town, and onto Cemetery Hill. On July 2, with most of both armies now present, Lee launched fierce assaults on both flanks of the Union defensive line, which were repulsed with heavy losses on both sides. On July 3, Lee focused his attention on the Union center. The defeat of his massive infantry assault, Pickett’s Charge, caused Lee to order a retreat that began the evening of July 4.
The Confederate retreat to Virginia was plagued by bad weather, difficult roads, and numerous skirmishes with Union cavalry. However, Meade’s army did not maneuver aggressively enough to prevent the Army of Northern Virginia from crossing the Potomac to safety on the night of July 13–14.
I dedicate this painting to all of the fallen men, who were killed or maimed in that battle. Also to the families who lost their loved ones.
This painting is a Triptych with the 3 canvas panels framed as one.
120cm x 70cm
oil paint on Fredrix canvas on marine ply.