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Tom Lovell - UNION FLEET PASSING VICKSBURG -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Tom Lovell

Original Retail Price $225.00

Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 31 1/2"w x 16 1/2"h.
Published: January 1989

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Union General William T. Sherman once called the Mississippi River "the spinal column of America." Certainly the goods and supplies that traveled on the river were the backbone of Confederate strength; the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, was vital to control of the river. In December 1862, Sherman's land forces, intending to halt the shipment of war supplies to the Confederacy, assaulted the city. It was an effort doomed to fail: the town was well fortified and its hills and sheer cliffs proved formidable. Sherman then retreated south, joining with the forces of General Ulysses S. Grant. Their combined troops, hoping to let the Union navy circumvent Vicksburg, tried to cut levees and canals from the Yazoo River and bayous. These attempts also failed.

On the night of April 16, 1863, a large part of the Union fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral David D. Porter, dared to pass directly before Vicksburg's heavy artillery. Seven ironclads sustained minor damage; one transport sank in flames. Once downstream, the surviving ships shuttled Union forces across the river from west to east, helping the troops surprise Confederate forces at Port Gibson. Steadlily, thoughout the month of May, Union troops worked their way back toward Vicksburg. After a six-week siege, the town finally surrendered on July 4, 1863, ending a decisive chapter in the War Between the States.

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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