From John Hennessy, NPS (sorry for the silence; we have been on vacation the last ten days; we’ll get back in full swing as soon as we can):
Of all the pieces of original art we have had done over the last few years to support interpretive media, I think my favorite is this image of Ellwood and its surrounding landscape on May 5, 1864, at the height of the Battle of the Wilderness. Another piece by Richard Schelcht, this art lives now as part of the new exhibit at Ellwood (more on that in a future post), but we will also likely incorporate it into a new wayside exhibit on the grounds of Ellwood–an exhibit that mimics at ground level the aerial view shown in the painting.
Ellwood today is beautiful, but its beauty obscures almost all hint of what went on there for the two days that redefined the place in history’s eyes. This image repopulates the landscape. Too it gives the outstanding volunteers at Ellwood a set piece to use to help visitors understand the site geographically.