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    Painting: Private John F. Gisch, Company A, 24th Alabama Infantry, "Attack by the Federal Ironclads on the Harbour defences of Charleston. April the 7th, 1863." Watercolor on paper, 16.5" x 13.25" (sight size), matted and framed to an overall size of 24.25" x 20.75". The painting was executed by Private John F. Gisch of Company A, 24th Alabama Infantry. Gisch was captured and held at the Rock Island Prison where he earned spending money by painting watercolors of the stockade and various battles in which he participated.

    This painting was purchased from Gisch by Jacob Weise who enlisted in the 93rd Illinois as a private in Company C on August 15, 1862. On September 15, 1863 he transferred into Company I of the 34th Regiment of the Veteran Reserve Corps. While serving in the VRC, Weise was a guard at the Rock Island Prison camp where he purchased two water color paintings done by the POW Private Gisch.

    The painting shows a mixture of the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, Blacks and Whites, civilians and soldiers, standing on the boardwalk overlooking the forts in the harbor. Federal ironclad gunboats are shelling the fortifications. Fort Moultrie is on the far left and the floating battery in the foreground. Fort Sumter is in the center. All but one position flies the "First National" Confederate flag, the other flies the "Second National" flag. The painting is signed "Drawn by J. F. Gisch, Barrack 17" in the lower right corner. It is inscribed, "Rock Island Prison, Ill." in the lower left corner. Folds, minor staining, tears, and wrinkles, with some paper loss else, very good.

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