Confederate Artillery Officer, Gettysburg, 1863
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Sculpture: Eduard Pérez
Painting: Fernando Ruiz
Number of parts of the kit: 8
Scale: 75 mm
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BUYING THIS FIGURE:
– The characteristic sculpting style of Eduard Pérez perfectly captures the feel of the American Civil War era in this new addition to his ever growing collection on the subject.
– It can be displayed along a previous Confederate Infantryman (FAH00013) from this same collection to create a stunning two miniatures vignette based on Gettysburg.
– The miniature’s elements allow plenty of options for painting (different tones of uniform, from Richmond Grey to Butternut on trousers and jacket and virtually infinite options of decoration for the crossed blanket). You can even portray a Cavalry or Infantry officer just changing the color of the piping (blue for Infantry and yellow for Cavalry).
– Our signature resin quality allows you to get the figure clean and ready in almost no time, so you may invest your precious free time in what really matters: painting and having fun.
The organisation of the Federal and Confederate armies during the American Civil War was very similar. The infantry regiments were divided in ten companies of 100 men each. In the artillery however, the companies were called batteries and, while a Union battery had six guns, usually the Confederates had four. Each field artillery piece needed from four to six men to be manoeuvred.
The main weakness in the Confederate Army at the beginning of the war was the lack of artillery. That was a standing problem throughout the war, but especially in the first two years of the conflict. In the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 3rd, 1863) the Confederate artillery made one of its most famous performances. When Pickett’s charge was about to start, the artillery units of the Army of Northern Virginia bombed heavily the Federal positions in Cemetery Ridge. 170 Confederate guns stormed those positions during two hours, hoping to weaken enough the Union defenders. The Federal response was lighter than the Confederates expected, as they reserved ammunition to prevent a possible charge by the enemy infantry.
That decision was fatal for the Confederate charge that was swept by the Union artillery and was not able to overcome the Federal opposition to complete the assault. Another cause for the failure of the Pickett’s Charge was a misperception of the battlefield, due to the heavy smoke and dust raised in the bombardment. The commanders ordered the assault unaware that many of the shots did not hit the Federal artillery. Sergeant Humpheys, a veteran artilleryman in the Civil War recalled “The men were carefully and regularly drilled from the start. In short, we were taught everything except the one thing that all else was a preparation for-the art of hit”.
The Confederacy had an Infantry who proved to be as good as the Unionist, a clearly superior Cavalry, but outgunned and outmanoeuvred artillery.