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                      Prints Now Available!    "Charge Them Boys!"    William Wofford, 18th Georgia, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863

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The men watched intently as first Kershaw's Brigade attacked the Federal positions along Emmitsburg Road, followed by Barksdale's Brigade.  The Mississippians of the latter brigade were achieving greater success with the Federals at the Peach Orchard than Kershaw's men in the Wheatfield/Stony Hill sector.  After being in reserve, Wofford was finally ordered forward.  Almost immediately, a hundred yard gap formed within the 24th Georgia as it moved through the row of Confederate artillery.  Seeing the problem, Wofford rode over to the regiment and waved his hat as he urged them on.  The men responded by double-quicking.  Watching Wofford's heroics, Confederate battery commander Captain W. W. Parker yelled, "Hurrah for you of the bald-head."  His cannoneers took up the cry and cheered the men as they rushed past.  Enemy artillery opened the fire on the brigade as it broke into the open ground.  One shell took out most of one company, leaving only eight men uninjured.  Another shell landed in the ranks of the 16th Georgia, killing eight and wounding twenty-one.  However, the gunners were much more concerned about the immediate threats posed by Kershaw's and Barksdale's Brigades, and therefore the losses in the rest of the brigade were light.  General Longstreet apparently rode part of the way with the brigade, and told the men to "cheer less and fight more."

    
As the victorious Mississippians of Barksdale's Brigade swung left (north) to take on Humphrey's Division on Cemetery Ridge, Wofford ordered his men to continue moving straight ahead, which casued their line of battle to stretch across Wheatfield Road and move parallel with it.  The left of the brigade skirted the Peach Orchard, while the right of the four hundred-yard line moved toward Stony Hill and the Wheatfield.  Surgeon William Shine of the Phillip's Legion noted that "our Men charged the Enemy with a terrific Yell, peculiar to the Southerners on all such occasions."  The right side of the 18th Georgia on the brigade's right wing approached the exposed flank of Zook's Brigade, forcing it to the rear.  Sergeant Gilbert Frederick of the 57th New York recalled that Wofford's Brigade was "marching steadily with colors flying as though on dress parade, and guns at right-shoulder-shift."  Zook's withdrawal caused a chain reaction, which ultimately forced Caldwell's entire division from the Wheatfield.  This was a critical time, as Kershaw's Brigade had been roughly handled by Zook's Brigade and the Irish Brigade.  John Coxe, a member of the 2nd South Carolina, recalled how Wofford rode over to his regiment with a request that the South Carolinians form on his right as the charge continued:

While Wooford's Brigade did not actually engage Caldwell's Division on Stony Hill and the Wheatfield, or Birney's Diviosn in the Peach Orchard, it played a major role in the Federal defeats.  According to historian Harry Pfantz, Wofford's Brigade "was a fresh, disciplined body of men that intimidated the battered and disorganized Federals . . . its appearance gave new life and hope to Kershaw's and Semmes's men on its right."  A member of the 118th Pennsylvania of Tilton's Brigade, which was forced to fall back under the irresistible advance of the Georgians, described them as "moving obliquely, loading and firing with deliberation as they advanced, begrimed and dirty-looking fellows, in all sorts of garb, some without hats, others without coats, none apparently in the real dress of uniform of a soldier."

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"Allen Susquehanna Travelers"  original - Sold 

Susquehanna Travellers plays traditional American folk music. The band's focus is the music of the American Civil War, but its repertoire includes traditional Irish and Appalachian music as well as original tunes . Susquehanna Travellers has been performing throughout the Mid-Atlantic States for more than a decade, and in that time it has developed a reputation for excellent musicianship and a unique acoustic sound. The Travellers has had the privilege of performing at some of our country’s most prestigious venues , including Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial; Wheatland, the estate of President James Buchanan; Harpers Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg National Military Parks; The National Congressional Cemetery; and The National Civil War Museum. The band has performed seven times at the Smithsonian Institution including the Lincoln 2.0 Inaugural Ball in 2009. Most recently, the Travellers performed for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society National Convention. The band has opened for the nationally-known folk duo Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. In 2012, the band received a Humanitarian Award for organizing a benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Irene.

 

Original Gouache on paper commissioned

"5th Michigan, 3rd Corps Fifer" original - Sold 

By the close of the American Civil War (1861-1865), “field music”, as played by the fife and drum, had reached its high water markand then began to recede in its military use. Today, these musical groups are often referred to as the “Ancient” corps, which alludes to those who continue to play the traditional six-hole wooden fifes and rope tension drums.  

For centuries, as far back as the Egyptian armies, through the Crusades, and finally in the American Civil War - during which time it reached the height of its proficiency - martial music was an integral part of armies throughout the world. Military fifes and drums in their most recognizable form first appeared in Switzerland in the early 1300s. Fife and drum music then came to America with the British army during colonial times. In European and American armies, the music was also used to entertain the troops as well as helping the men march in an organized fashion. It soon became an increasingly important part of everyday military protocol.  
The use of the fife and drum to communicate commands in the field as well as regulate the soldiers’ life in camp became its primary function throughout the time period of the
Civil War.

 

Original Gouache on paper commissioned

"6th Kentucky Infantry" original - Sold 

The 6th Kentucky Infantry was organized November 19, 1861 at Bowling Green, Kentucky and mustered in under the command of Colonel Joseph Horace Lewis.
 

At the Battle of Shiloh, the regiment was brigaded with the 4th Alabama Infantry, 31st Alabama Infantry, 3rd Kentucky Infantry, 4th Kentucky Infantry, and 9th Kentucky Infantry. The regiment retreated to Corinth, Mississippi after the battle and was ordered to Vicksburg, Mississippi to aid in the defenses there.
 

The regiment remained at Port Hudson, Louisiana until August 20, 1862, when it was ordered to Jackson, Mississippi. Later, Major General John C. Breckinridge was ordered to take the 4th Kentucky Infantry, 6th Kentucky Infantry, and 9th Kentucky Infantry with him and report to General Braxton Bragg.

 

Original Gouache on paper commissioned

"5th US Light Artillery & 9th Regiment Pa Cavalry"  original - Sold

"The Capture of Thomas Lewis"  original - Sold

 "War of Outposts at New Bridge"    The scene depicts the March 23 1780 Raid on Hackensack that culminates at the New Bridge.

      As a child, Patton served an apprenticeship under her father, David McKeehan, and learned the art of making gunpowder. The McKeehan family emigrated from England to Pennsylvania in the
late 1760s. It was in Pennsylvania that Patton married a man who also worked to manufacture black powder and the two set up their own business.

      “They were afraid with tensions rising the British would try to seize their mill, so they moved to the Overmountain region that eventually became Carter County,” Bogart said, adding once here Patton once again set up shop to mill black powder. “It was her gun powder that supplied the Overmountain Men in their victory at Kings Mountain.”
Prior to the march, Patton provided the frontier soldiers with at least 500 pounds of black powder for the battle.“I consider her a military hero,” Bogart said. “She supplied the militia with the very thing they needed to be victorious.” The powder produced by Patton was said to be of exceptional quality, Bogart said. “It was fine powder and it was coveted,” he said. “It sold for about $1 a pound. That was a lot of money then.”

      Patton’s mill actually led to the name still used by a community in Carter County. “That’s why we get the name ‘Powder Branch,’” Bogart said. “It’s because of the stream that ran through there and powered her powder operation.”

      Though she died in 1836, the Patton Mill remained open and operational until the Civil War when it was sold outside of the family.
“She is a very important historic figure, just as important as other names we hear all the time like John Sevier and John and Landon Carter,” Bogart said. “I think it’s very appropriate they would have the highway named after her.” Patton was one of many women on the frontier who did their part in the cause of liberty but whose stories aren’t as widely known outside of Carter County, Bogart said, adding the names of Ann Robertson, Patience Cooper and Catherine “Bonnie Kate” Sherrill to the list. “We had some pretty intrepid women here on the frontier,” he said. “We had a lot of stout women, smart women and courageous women. They deserve to be recognized just like the stout courageous men.”

Original Oil on Canvas - Inn of the Patriots Collection

"Mary Patton"
 

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"The Capture of Thomas Lewis"