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    Oil Painting, Charge of the Union Cavalry, by A. C. Redwood, 1886, on canvas covered board, 30" x 19.25", signed "A. C. Redwood, 1886" in lower right corner. The painting in black, white, and grays, shows a troop of Union cavalry wheeling to charge a line of Confederate infantrymen. With a sergeant and officer in the lead, the Union troopers spur their mounts, the guidon snapping above their raised sabers. The raggedly dressed Confederates are in marked contrast to the well-outfitted and armed Union soldiers. The painting is exceptionally well executed and very evocative. A vivid battle scene. There is one light surface abrasion by the name and two small spots of paint loss (the largest 7 mm). The painting was not examined out of the frame. Undoubtedly a painting used as an illustration, and thus, worthy of further research.
    Allen Christian Redwood (1844-1922) was born at Prospect Hill Plantation, Lancaster County, Virginia. He was raised and educated in Baltimore. Redwood trained as an artist at the Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company "C" of the 55th Virginia Regiment as a 17 year-old private. Redwood was wounded in action by a shell fragment at Mechanicsville, in June 1862. He returned to duty in time for the Second Manassas Campaign. He served briefly with a Louisiana battalion before he was captured in August 1862. Redwood was exchanged in September 1862. After serving with the regimental Commissary Department in the winter of 1862-1863, he was the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 55th Virginia.
    Redwood was stunned by a shell fragment at Chancellorsville, wounded in action in his right elbow at Gettysburg, and had his horse shot from under him at Pollard's Farm. He served as orderly to Major-General Lunsford Lomax. Redwood was captured near Somerton, Virginia in April 1865 and released two months later.

    After the war, Redwood had studios in Baltimore and New York City where he illustrated and wrote articles about the Civil War for Century, Scribner's, and Harper's magazines. His paintings and writings were mostly based on his experiences in the 55th Virginia. He was an accomplished author, writing, Stonewall, Memories from the Ranks and Other Places. Redwood traveled to the West in 1882. In 1898, Harper's magazine sent him to Cuba to cover the Spanish American War.

    Redwood's works are prominently featured in the collections of the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Virginia Historical Society.


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