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Major General William Wells, (sculpture)

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Schweizer, J. Otto 1863-1955  Search this
Gorham Manufacturing Company  Search this
Van Amringe Granite Company  Search this
Wells, William  Search this
Farnsworth, Elon  Search this
Parsons, Henry C  Search this
Stranahan, F. Stewart  Search this
Sculpture: bronze; Relief: bronze; Base: stone boulder
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Administered by Gettysburg National Military Park 97 Taneytown Road Gettysburg Pennsylvania 17325
Located Gettysburg National Military Park South of Confederate Avenue, near Plum Run Gettysburg Pennsylvania 17325
Ca. 1913. Dedicated May 30, 1914
Index of American Sculpture, University of Delaware, 1985
Gettysburg Battlefield.
National Park Service, American Monuments and Outdoor Sculpture Database, PA5050, 1989.
Monumental News, Feb. 1913, pg. 126.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Pennsylvania survey, 1995.
J. Otto Schweizer, Sc. / Gorham Co. Founders (On plaque on right side of base:) WILLIAM WELLS/BREVET MAJOR GENERAL U.S. VOLS./1837-1892 (history of his military career) (On plaque on left side of base: description of events of July 3, 1863) signed Founder's mark appears.
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A portrait of Major Wells striding forward as he leads the Second Battalion of the 1st Vermont Cavalry across Plum Run in their charge against Law's Brigade on the afternoon of July 3, 1863. His saber is raised in his proper right hand and his proper left hand rests on the handle of a sword that hangs on his proper left side. The sculpture is installed on a stone boulder adorned with a bronze relief depicting Major Wells' charge against Law's Brigade at 5:00 on the afternoon of July 3, 1863. On the far left of the relief, Major Wells can be seen brandishing a saber. On his right, a mortally wounded Brigadier General Elon Farnsworth falls from his horse. Behind Wells, Capt. Henry C. Parson is lying face down on his horse. To the right of Capt. Parsons is F. Stewart Stranahan, First Sergeant Troop L. with his saber raised.
History--United States--Civil War  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Military Uniform  Search this
Occupation--Military--General  Search this
State of Being--Illness--Wound  Search this
Architecture--Military--Battlefield  Search this
Control number:
IAS 77001103
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums