Boston: James Drummond, 1876. Panoramic steel engraving on thick paper, 19 1/2 x 40 inches. Some tanning, with some darker vertical columns of browning. A very good example of this amazingly detailed engraving. Item #WRCAM50620
A superb panoramic steel engraving capturing in fantastic detail John Bachelder's conception of the climactic event of the Battle of Gettysburg: Longstreet's assault, including Pickett's Charge, on the third day against the Union center at Cemetery Hill. On July 3, 1863 Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered Lt. Gen. Longstreet and his commanders (including Pickett) to assault Union General Meade's positions on Cemetery Ridge. Over 12,000 Confederate soldiers marched across the battlefield in an attempt to breach the Union lines, but were caught out in the open, taking heavy losses, suffering approximately a 50% casualty rate. This advance marked the "high-water mark of the Confederacy" and is arguably the turning point of the Civil War; as the war would continue for another two years, the Confederates never launched another offensive campaign. This fascinating engraving was executed by H.B. Hall Jr., based on a larger painting by James Walker under the supervision of Bachelder. John Bachelder was a portrait and landscape painter, lithographer, and photographer. During the Civil War he accompanied the Army of the Potomac and made many sketches of military life and important battles. He is best known as the historian of the Battle of Gettysburg and was a dominant factor in the preservation of the Gettysburg Battlefield.