Art and Ellwood

Looking north-NW. Wilderness Run at right, Ellwood at left center.

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.

Ellwood, framed by the grand Catalpa tree that came down in 2006.

2 thoughts on “Art and Ellwood

  1. I notice the house in the painting has three chimneys, but the phot of the house today has one missing! Your not done with the restoration until you restore symmetry in the house design, put on the missing chimney.

    I have tlooked for but never found an illustration of Gordon’s Flank Attack. I wonder is your artist has any ideas on how to convey the image of brigades fighting at sunset in the Wilderness.

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