The Attack


Available from me directly as well as now posted on Etsy, this black & white painting was originally done specifically for a local Sorenson Gallery, Black & White show. All entries were in B & W, including sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, and drawings. It was a great show and a lot of fun. As a Civil War reenactor, I thought a painting of a battle scene in a black & white would look like a large period photograph. It could have been done in a different style, looser perhaps, with splatters and scratches, as if it was a damaged tintype. But, in the end, I didn’t get too crazy with this first one. For that show, there was no red in the 2nd National flag. After the recent Confederate flag uproar, my wife suggested I add the red to the flag.
Having been a member of a reenacting company in the 3rd Confederate Infantry Regiment, a trans-Mississippi regiment in the Army of Tennessee, we portrayed the era of the Atlanta Campaign of summer of 1864. The two flags here show that. The smaller blue flag with center moon and the battle honors painted in white, was a flag in Cleburne’s Division. This is a battle flag pattern that General Hardee designed, and when the entire CSA was changed to the uniform Beauregard pattern of “Southern Cross” in 1864, General Patrick Cleburne refused to adopt. He said his men fought and died for the blue flag for three years. The other flag is the 2nd national CSA flag also called the “Stainless Banner.” It has the Southern Cross pattern in the corner.
This attack depicted could have been in the second phase of Battle of Atlanta, of a company in Govan’s Brigade, Cleburne’s Division, Hardee’s Corps.

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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
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Civil War Revisited Event

Tim at Gettysburg
In one week is the annual Civil War Revisited event at Kearney Park, Fresno County, California. Co-hosted by Fresno Historical Society and American Civil War Association, it is still one of the premiere “annual” reenactment events in the state. There are close to a dozen reenactment organizations throughout California. While there is a tendency for those folks to attend their various events close to home, in the past, the Fresno/Kearney event has had groups from Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon join in with groups from Los Angeles and northern California.
The Fresno/Kearney event was started with the Civil War Reenactment Society working with Fresno Historical. CWRS is still attending and has members from Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and Madera Counties. I realize that it is a spectator event on many levels, but there is nothing like the thrill of participating and being a soldier, child, or civilian impression in the 1860s.
There are going to be hundreds of folks there to help you join up, and begin a reenacting experience. CWRS is more local, and ACWA is more northern California but has some members from Visalia too.
The School’s Education Day is Friday October 18. All are invited on October 19th and 20th next Saturday and Sunday. Drop by the tent of Lt. General W.S.L. Baylor, who I portray, next to Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Command tent in the Confederate Camp. Baylor was Jackson’s Adjutant General in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

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