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Tom Lovell - BERDAN´S SHARPSHOOTERS- SECOND DAY AT -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          BERDAN´S SHARPSHOOTERS- SECOND DAY AT
by Tom Lovell

$225.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 28"w x 20"h.
Published: July 1988


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The three day battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863 began as a day of nearly unrelieved defeat for the Union forces, but ended as a decisive victory for the Federal Army. In this northernmost battle of the Civil War, General Lee hoped for a Confederate victory like the one at Fredericksburg in December 1862, where he had defeated the Union troops with just half his army.

On the second day at Gettysburg, Union troops formed their line along Cemetary Ridge and south to the Round Tops. Part of the troops worked their way into a peach orchard and wheat field between the opposing forces. When the Confederate General James Longstreet ordered an attack about 4 p.m., his forces drove the Union troops from the orchard and the field and through a rocky gully called Devil's Den. Although the Confederates attacked with crushing fury, they never took Cemetary Ridge or the Round Tops.

The Union victory at Gettysburg was one of the turning points of the Civil War. Shown here, on the second day of the battle, is the New York Regiment of Berdan's Sharpshooters, dressed in their distinctive green uniforms, little cloth caps and canvas leggings. The Sharpshooters firing on the Confederate troops under General Longstreet, are using breech-loading rifles - the first time these rifles were used in battle. To their right, also under cover, supporting troops fire the conventional muzzle loaders.


Tom Lovell
1909 - 1997 A Native American finding a Raggedy Ann doll on a lonely western road. A man teaching his blonde, gingham-dressed, settler wife how to shoot a rifle. A trio of Indians warming their hands over the chimney of a snow-buried cabin in an otherwise empty landscape. These are just three of the stories told through the art of Tom Lovell, considered by his peers one of the deans of Western art. But that’s not all. He was equally famous for his exciting and thought- provoking illustrations for such magazines as Life, The Saturday Evening Post and National Geographic—as well as his stirring images of sweeping Civil War battles which were considered so definitive that they were telecast as part of the famous Public Television documentary on the conflict and published in the accompanying best-selling book. Lovell was the first artist to win the National Academy of Western Art’s highest honor, the Prix de West, twice. He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974 and eventually named a Hall of Fame Laureate. In 1992, he was honored by both the National Academy of Western Art and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a prestigious one-man retrospective show. He has left a lifetime of work that will influence, impress and instill emotion for years to come.

 

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