Artist: Keith Rocco
Print title: Quatre Bras Fight for the Standard–June 16, 1815
Price $210.00 unframed…Framed $300.00 Prices are in Canadian dollars…
Fight for the Standard, 2d battalion 44th Regiment of Foot. 6th Regiment of Lancers.. Size 11 x 14 inches this is a giclee (Canvas) print.
Fight for the Standard June 16, 1815
The Campaign of the Hundred Days culminated on the farm fields of Waterloo on June 18, 1815. Two days before that epic battle, Napoleon’s Army of the North fought two major battles: The Emperor personally directed the defeat of the Prussian army under Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher at Ligny while his renowned Marshal Michel Ney fought the Duke of Wellington’s diverse Anglo-Allied army at Quatre Bras.
Napoleon’s smaller Army of the North surprised the allies when it crossed the Belgian border, and then interposed itself between the two enemy armies. The Emperor’s strategy was to first defeat the Prussians and then turn on Wellington.
Wellington’s troops arrived incrementally at the Quatre Bras crossroads but held on to their position. However, Ney’s aggressive tactics prevented Wellington from marching to the aid of Blücher. Waterloo is a more famous battle, but the fighting at Quatre Bras was equally terrible.
The scene depicted by Keith Rocco shows an incident at Quatre Bras between French lancers of Lieutenant General Pire’s 2nd Cavalry Division and the British 44th Regiment of Foot. A group of lancers from the 6th Regiment, after having pierced the line of the British infantry, made for the colors of the 2nd Battalion of the 44th British Regiment. Though flowery in his Victorian description of the action, the 44th’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel Hamerton, leaves us a graphic depiction of this confrontation:
“In this attack occurred one of these incidents which, in daring, equal any of the feats of ancient chivalry, which makes the wildest fables of the deeds of the knights of old appear almost impossible; which cause the bearing of an individual to stand out, as it were, in relief amidst the operations of the masses; and which by their characteristic recklessness, almost invariably insure at least a partial success.
“A French Lancer gallantly charged at the Colours, and severely wounded Ensign Christie, who carried one of them, by a thrust of his lance, which, entering the left eye, penetrated to the lower jaw. The Frenchman then endeavored to seize the Standard, but the brave Christie, notwithstanding the agony of his wound, with a presence of mind almost unequalled, flung himself upon itnot to save himself, but to preserve the honour of his Regiment. As the Colour fluttered in its fall, the Frenchman tore off a portion of the silk with the point of his lance; but he was not permitted to bear the fragment beyond the ranks. Both shot and bayoneted by the nearest of the soldiers of the 44th, he was borne to the earth, paying with the sacrifice of his life for his display of unavailing bravery.”
This grisly description above comes from William Siborne’s The Waterloo Campaign 1815, first published in 1844.
French author Henry Houssaye, corroborates the attack on the colors, if ever so briefly and matter of fact in volume 2 (1899) of his three volume set 1815:
“The 42nd Highlanders and the 44th which formed Pack’s right were less fortunate. Pire’s lancers who were galloping in pursuit of the Brunswickers, caught sight of the red-coats who were fighting at the angle of the two roads and made for them, without, however routing them. Bayonets against lances clashed together in a furious melee; the flag of the 44th was lost and retaken again and again. Colonel de Gallois with the 6th Lancers managed to pierce through as far as the Namur road, where he cut a battalion of Hanoverians to pieces.”
However gushing Hamerton’s description, and brief Houssaye’s comments are of this event, the reckless and suicidal behavior of combatants surrounding the possession of a regimental standard are well represented in this action. More information about this giclee, ship worldwide, payment details. Contact direct at:
Word of the day: Flanker-To attack from an unexpected direction..
Artist: Don Troiani
Print Title: One of Forrest’s Men
Price: $95.00 U.S. Dollars. or $125.00 Cdn.
An imposing figure of the famous cavalry regiments in the Confederate Army General Forrest. Here we see a hard riding and hard fighting soldier. His uniform is worn and dirty, his blanket shows wear and tear a true cavalry soldier. The Confederate cavalry was known for its skill at riding and fighting. He will look good hanging on your office den or living room wall. I can ship worldwide and can offer it framed also. I will not ship framed prints due to possible shipping damage. I carry several other of Don’s prints as well as many other artist work. Looking for a print get in touch with me.
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Saddle up and move out… My father was a cavalry man, he killed his first man on horseback with a saber while fighting in the Khyber Pass.
Artist: Andy Thomas
Print: Shelby and his men at Westport
Price $50.00 U.S. or $65.00 Canadian dollars
The scene depicted is one of danger and confusion. The time is 1:00pm along Wornall’s Lane, looking north toward Brush Creek. In the distance can be seen the homestead of Ben Simpson, which had just been the scene of a hard fight. On the horizon, the town of west port can be seen.
Exploding artillery shells pound Shelby’s position. Curtis, seeing Shelby’s predicament, orders a charge across his entire front, driving the Confederate skirmishers back to their main line.
In Wornall’s Lane a scared young soldier has lost his mount and must make his escape on foot. Wounded soldiers are loaded into wagons. To leave them behind would probably mean their death at the hands of the approaching enemy.
Shelby, seated on a sorrel horse at the left of center, gives final instructions to his adjutant, Maj. John N. Edwards. On the right, a bugler vainly attempts to be heard over the roar of the battle. An animated Col. Benjamin Elliott waves his hat to hurry his Missouri regiment into line. In the foreground, in a brown suit clutching his sword, is Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson, commanding Shelby’s Iron Brigade.
Moments later, Thompson and Elliott would lead the charge that would break Pleasonton’s line. The Confederates would ride for nearly two miles to a distant rock wall. There Shelby rallied his command and faced the combined forces of Curtis and Pleasonton. Although they had made their escape, many of Shelby’s bravest men would subsequently lose their loves that day standing by their commander as they slowly retreated, buying time for the remainder of the army to make their escape south along the Missouri-Kansas border.
As written by Gil Bergman
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Word of the day: Pilgrims= SAS (Special Air Service)
Artist: John Paul Strain
Print: Cavalier Of The Sea, Charleston South Carolina – 1861
Number: 94/350 with certificate.
Price $225.00 U.S. or $295.00 Cdn.
This print is one of our favorite prints by John, we have one hanging in our home. The picture does not do it justice, the use of light is fantastic, it has to be seen to believe it. This print is now SOLD OUT at the artist studio. I have this one only available for sale. If wished I can arrange framing for it however i will not ship framed prints, sorry. Here is what the artist has to say about it.
By the summer of 1861, President Lincoln had placed into motion his plan to isolate the secessionist Southern States by imposing a blockade of their shipping ports. The South’s economy was based on “King Cotton” and trade with England and other countries. Four million English textile jobs relied on the importation of southern cotton, and in turn southern leaders would need immense amounts of arms and equipment from Europe to defeat the oncoming threat from the north. Blockade runners would become the lifeline of the Confederacy.
Before the Federal blockade was fully in place in the latter part of 1861, supplies were primarily carried across the Atlantic on sailing ships able to handle large quantities of goods. One ship could supply thousands of Enfield rifles and enough ammunition for 30 thousand troops in the field. As the blockade became more fully implemented, newer, faster and smaller steamships were utilized to elude Union vessels.
On May 28, 1861 Charleston received notification that it’s port was to be blockaded and that any ship approaching the city would be warned off or seized. A fifteen day grace period was to be given to neutral ships to leave the harbor. Undeterred, Confederate leaders went into action and readied war ships and privateers to counter the threat. The exploits of these bold sailors serving in the Confederate Navy, on privateers and supply ships became greatly romanticized in the newspapers as “Cavaliers of the Sea”.
As a point of interest, if in Bermuda drop by town of St Georges and visit the museum located in the old Globe Hotel. You will be able to learn the history of similar ships as seen in the print. A very interesting part of the Civil War history, without them running the blockade the south would have been in serious supply problems. Just up the hill from the museum is a very nice local eatery I recommend to you.
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Word of the day: Gray Funnel Line=The Royal Navy..
Artist: John Paul Strain
Print: New Year’s Wish, Glen Burnie – Town Run Creek, Winchester, Virginia – January 1862.
Price $200.00 U.S. or $260.00
A nice change from the normal Civil war subjects, we see General Jackson with his wife Anna. I ask you read what the artist has to say about this private moment in the history of the Civil War.
Theirs was one of the great love stories of the Civil War. General Stonewall Jackson and his wife Anna were reunited in the snowy month of January after the Romney Expedition. The couple’s time together would be fleeting and meaningful.
On New Year’s Day of 1862 Jackson had led his troops on an expedition to destroy a concentration of Federal forces near Romney, Virginia. A heavy snowfall made the offensive arduous and challenging. The retreat of the Federal Army from the area and the capture of Romney and Bath, made the expedition a success. Nearly 100 miles of the B&O railroad tracks had been torn up by Jackson’s men with stores of confiscated supplies now in Confederate hands.
But General Jackson’s thoughts were not far from his loving Anna. After events had stabilized, the General, along with his staff headed back home at a quick pace. Riding along the slushy and muddy roads, Jackson pushed on for Winchester, covering 43 miles. Fighting fatigue and saddle sores one of his aids shouted, “Well, General, I am not anxious to see Mrs. Jackson as to break my neck keeping up with you! With your permission, I shall fall back and take it more leisurely!”
Arriving in Winchester, after cleaning up somewhat at the Taylor Hotel, the General hurried over to the Graham home “as joyous and fresh as a schoolboy”. There he embraced his loving Anna. Anna recalled his face “all aglow with delight”. He was home safe and it was time to celebrate his return and his 38th birthday.
On an evening ride together the couple stopped for a moment on the wagon bridge crossing Town Run Creek at Glen Burnie estates. Anna pulled out two pennies from her cloak and tossed them into the reflective pool, hoping two wishes would come true. The General’s wish was for success in his many challenges ahead. Anna’s wish was for her loving husband to always return home to her safe and sound. Only one wish would come true.
One of Winchester’s famous historical sites is the restored Glen Burnie historic house, home of the Wood and Glass families. The home was originally constructed in the 1790’s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War the estate was used as an encampment for Confederate cavalry and artillery units. And during all three major battles for Winchester in 1862, 1863, and 1864 the land was fought over by combat troops of both sides. Today thousands enjoy tours of the historic beautiful home and gardens.
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R.I.P. General Jackson, When in the area I will drop by his final resting place to pay my respects. If you have the chance to visit his grave bring a lemon along. The last time I stopped by there was about ten lemons on his grave.
Artist: Andy Thomas
Print: Fellowship and Remembrance
Price $50.00 U.S. or $65.00 Cdn
Again a favorite of ours and yes we do have one hanging in our home. I look at this print and it brings a sense of peace and true fellowship which it seems is sadly missing today. A true look at day’s gone by a small gathering of friends look no cell phones….. it will bring you an inner peace and a joy to look at. Here is what the artist Andy Thomas has to say…
Andy has captured the essence of the “Basket Dinner” celebration in this painting. By utilizing a series of photographs of individuals in the 1940’s and through the personal interviews, he has developed a composition which accurately depicts this important community activity. The painting includes individual portraits of thirty-one individuals who would have attended the church during 1945 – 1948, while showing the random parking of vehicles, and the food displayed on pews which were carried from the church for that purpose.
Surely, there was a similar gathering in your area. Ask your parents or grandparents.
Also, take a look at the key below. There are names like Thornsberry, Hamilton, Tipton, George, Taylor, Bartlett, Greenstreet, Mitschele, Frazier, Jones, Deberry, Groce, Payne, Nickels, Holloway, Elam and Becker.
Order your print and receive the history and key page. Sure would be a nice addition to any ancestry research!
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Word of the day. Peace it needs no explaining.
Window Box displayed Arab Knife, a really nice way to display this object. The frame is one can only say spectacular!!!! This will only add to your home or office, It is honest to say the framing alone is worth more than the price asked. Drop by and please have a look at all I have to offer. Framed or unframed there is lots to see. More details contact me at:
Title: Mr Neil McDermott of Bondhead.
Here is a piece of true Canadian history, I have had this in my collection for years. a hand coloured drawing of one Mr Neil McDermott (Cpl?)of the village of Bondhead Onatrio. How do I know who this soldier is? The information is written in blue pencil on the back of this sketch. It shows balance owed on this picture description of the soldier and his uniform. This is a must for any collector of Canadian military items. Drop by and have a look at this piece of history. He could be a member of the 35th Batt. There is some damage to this cardboard picture, the corners are a bit broken. One corner bottom left is cracked as is the top right. You will have to look and decide yourself as to if you want it. More information please contact me at:
Word of the day: Padre=Military Chaplin