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    Gouache of the Battle of Fredericksburg by Allen C. Redwood (1844-1922). This gouache by Allen C. Redwood captures the action at the Battle of Fredericksburg as only a soldier who was there could do. Allen C. Redwood was a soldier with the 55th Virginia Infantry and indeed was in combat at the Battle of Fredericksburg. A decidedly Confederate victory, the battle took place from December 11-15, 1862 as led by General Robert E. Lee and Union General Ambrose Burnside. Private Allen C. Redwood was right there in the thick of the fight with the 55th Virginia, one of the very few soldier artists who later created works of art based on their actual experiences in war.

    This 16.5" x 11" gouache on board was completed in 1886 and is signed lower left "A. C. Redwood, 1886". It depicts his 55th Virginia behind a stone wall repulsing an assault by Burnside's troops that resulted in horrible losses among the Union forces. Redwood, a trained artist before the war, was born in North Carolina and sent home sketches during the war that he later used to complete his fabulous works such as this. He was seriously wounded at Gettysburg but survived and moved to Baltimore and then New York after the war where he became one of the premier artists of military scenes from the war, all based on his experiences as a soldier in battle. Many of his works are displayed at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. This is an excellent example of his work, nicely matted and framed under glass in a heavy walnut frame with a 2.5" plaque at the bottom bearing the artist's name and the title of the work.

    This is the original from the Century Magazine collection, sold at Christies. It was featured in Ken Burns iconic The Civil War documentary on PBS in 1990.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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