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    Confederate General Jubal Early: Battlefield Sketch by Major A. W. Kescheral. 5" x 6.5" on an old archival mount. The sketch is signed at lower left in ink script "A. W. Kesch(eral)" and titled at lower right "After Fisher's Hill 22 Sept. 1864." Additional pencil script ID is on the mount at lower left, "No. 20 Gen. Early by Major A. W. Kescheral C. S. A." Succeeding to division, and subsequently Corps command, Lee referred to Early as his "bad old man" because of his short temper, but appreciated Early's aggressiveness and ability to command units independently. Early was soundly defeated by Sheridan's superior tactics at Fisher's Hill and it was only the brilliant rear guard action of Gordon, Ramseur and Pegram that allowed Early's army to escape the field.

    Early is depicted here with superb detail, seated on a hollow log, wearing a frock coat with rolled collar and a rumpled slouch hat. He holds a large tin cup inn his right hand and his sword in his left with one sword suspension strap visible. His boots, with spurs rise to just above the knees. The wooded background reveals several mounted soldiers among the trees. Early's defeat at Fisher's Hill opened the Shenandoah Valley to Sheridan's strategy of "total war". Early's exhausted but proud demeanor is clearly evident in this wonderful sketch. Most rare with only a handful of examples of Confederate battlefield art known to exist.


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    June, 2008
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