02 October 2008 by Published in: Union Cavalry 5 comments

Yesterday, I mentioned that Mort Kunstler had called me to discuss a painting he’s planning on doing of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Today, Don Troiani e-mailed me to let me know that he’s finally ready to begin working on a scene of the charge of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry at St. James Church during the June 9, 1863 Battle of Brandy Station that he’s been planning for the better part of ten years. He asked whether I’d be willing to help and answer questions for him on it, and I agreed. I’ve already given Don pretty much everything that I have on this episode, but I am nevertheless more than happy to help.

That makes two scenes of the Lancers by two prominent artists in two days. How cool is that?

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  1. Fri 03rd Oct 2008 at 6:15 am

    That’s awesome, Eric. . .
    I keep hoping one of them will decide to do a painting of the 48th PA digging the Petersburg Mine, but have a feeling it wouldn’t be all that appealing. . .mud-covered, hunched over, dark. . .Oh well, at least the regiment had a cameo in Cold Mountain.
    Let us know when the paintings are complete.
    John Hoptak

  2. Fri 03rd Oct 2008 at 11:17 am

    Back in the Army days, I had to make the pitch to an featured artist for a project. The folks at Fort Gordon wanted another Signal Corps themed work beyond LRT (Stivers I think). I came up with the signal detachment supporting Sherman’s march to the sea. Lots of documentation on the signal guys working during the battle at Fort McAllister, initial contact with the navy. Still seems cool to me, but I guess it wasn’t as “sexy” as a cavalry charge. Must be why I’m a back bencher on these kind of things!

  3. Fri 03rd Oct 2008 at 5:17 pm

    I had an ancestor in the 7th PA. I wish somebody would paint them too!

  4. graffiti
    Wed 08th Oct 2008 at 7:41 pm

    This is great. It is about time the St. James plain and the Lancer’s have gotten their due. I have walked that field many times with and without groups and it gives me chills each and every time.

  5. Barry Dusel
    Thu 09th Oct 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Finally! My GG Grandfather Wm Stanley , Coy. D , was wounded 3 times at Brandy Station . So this is personal with me . I can’t began to describe how ecstatic I’am . Finally a painting I I can’t live without!

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