June 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Edwin Forbes, Pen and Ink Sketch Depicting Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg

Pen and ink on paper, 19.5 x 13 in. (sight), framed to 24.25 x 18.25 in. Inscribed and signed lower left, "The Battle of Gettysburg / Sketch of the Great Charge of Picketts Div of Longstreets Corps on the centre of the / Union Line. On the afternoon of July 3rd 1863. Ziegler's Grove on the Left. / Culps Hill showing above the Union Line on Right. / Union position held by the First and Second corps. E. Forbes."

During the Civil War, Edwin Forbes (1839-1895) worked for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper capturing many important war scenes while following the Army of the Potomac. Consequently, he was a firsthand witness to major battles such as Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg. After the war, Forbes published two volumes of his work, including Life Studies of the Great Army: A Historical Art Work in Copper Plate Etching Containing Forty Plates, a set of which was purchased by General William T. Sherman, and for which he was awarded a gold medal at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.


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