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    Painting: Private John F. Gisch, Company A, 24th Alabama Infantry, "The Battle of Lookout Mountain. Nov. the 24th 1863." Watercolor on paper, 13.75" x 10.75" (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 is from the Union perspective showing the attack on the Cravens house. Confederate defenders are firing from the trees as the Union forces advance on the stone fence around the house. The painting is signed "John F. Gisch" in the lower right corner. It is inscribed and dated, "Rock Island Prison. June the 8th, 1864" in the lower left corner. Folds, minor staining, and wrinkles, otherwise, very good.


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