The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was the first volunteer black regiment raised in the North. The ranks were filled with former slaves and freedmen, all sharing the same dream of serving their country. Under the tutelage of its firebrand colonel, Robert Gould Shaw, the 54th became a model of perfection in drill and camp. Their true test came in battle, a suicidal assault on Battery Wagner on the South Carolina coast. Killed on the ramparts of the fort, Shaw was buried in an unmarked grave with the casualties of his regiment.
Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. At Fredericksburg, Chamberlain and the 20th Maine experienced sacrifice and defeat. The men from Maine pushed their way over the bodies of their fallen comrades to within a stone’s throw from the Southern line before they were forced to find cover on the littered slopes below Marye’s Heights. There they stayed in the bitter cold all night and all day, lying amid the bodies of the dead. Finally, on the afternoon of the next day, they were recalled for the retreat of the Federal army. It was a harrowing and heart-rending exposure to the worst of war for Chamberlain and his men. Yet, they had proven their mettle. The valor they and other troops from the Army of the Potomac displayed at Fredericksburg would become one of the war’s most memorable and heroic sagas.
When Lincoln was invited to make his speech, Americans were still trying to recover from the shock of 51,000 casualties incurred at the battle of Gettysburg a few months earlier. Lincoln did not scribble the speech on the back of an envelope as later mythologized, but had instead written it a week or two earlier on White House stationery, and then polished it at Gettysburg the night before the event.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 19, 1863, 15,000 people listened as Edward Everett delivered a rousing two-hour patriotic speech. In contrast, when Lincoln arose, attired in a new black suit, he delivered a surprisingly brief speech. It consisted of 272 words and required no more than two minutes to deliver. He was interrupted by applause only twice, but his audience knew when he finished that they had witnessed an epic event.
This print depicts Gen. Winfield S. Hancock and and his staff. The term "fighting general" would aptly apply to Hancock. "He is magnificent in appearance, lordly, but cordial," a member of his staff wrote. Hancock differed "from other officers I have served with in being always in sight during action."
Surrender At Appomattox, by Tom Lovell. This amazingly detailed print depicts the events of April 9, 1865, when General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively bringing the American Civil War to a close. Print comes both unframed (Measures 17" x 25" - $47.95) and framed (Measures 21" x 29.5" - $295.00). ** Large framed prints require additional handling fees for shipping due to size and weight **