Thursday, March 15, 2007

The real Alonzo C. Hayden, 1st Minnesota Volunteers

This portrait CDV (Carte De Visite) or "visiting card" shows the subject of my next figure study. Alonzo was born in 1839. His family moved to Minnesota from Somerset Maine. in the Summer of 1854. His parents were lured to Minnesota because of good farmland. The settled in Elm Creek where Alonzo busied himself clearing land on the farmstead. Alonzo and five others signed up following a speech asking for volunteers to put down the rebellion. Though excepted into the First Minnesota they were all split up into different companies. Alonzo's oldest brother Anson was mustered into Company I, while Alonzo ended up into Company D. He participated in the First Battle of Bull Run and continued with the regiment until July 1862, when he became sick and was sent to hospital in Washington. He returned to the regiment and was soon sent to the hospital in Philadelphia. Alonzo recovered and was back with his regiment by March, 1863. Alonzo was in the ranks of the regiment at Gettysburg when it made it's now famous charge. Alonzo would be mortally wounded and would die on July 3, 1863. He was buried near where he fell. In October his remains were re-intered in the newly dedicated National Cemetery. He lies there today with his comrades in Section A, Grave #2.

This will be the first in a number of paintings honoring men of the rank and file who get swallowed up into the bigger picture of battle.

Alonzo C. Hayden, 1st Minnesota Volunteers

This is the subject of my next painting. Alonzo C. Hayden was with the 1st Minnesota when it made it's suicidal charge at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. I'm undecided on the size, but it will more than likely be 8" X 10". Pictured is the sketch that will become the painting.

I'm back...with a finished project

Here is the finished 4th PA Rifleman. This piece was long overdue to be finished, but I managed to muster both the concentration and time to get it done. The leaves were probably the most time consuming part of the painting. Though they could have been more detailed I did not want them to take away from the main focus of the painting. Thanks to those of you that continued to visit my blog while I took my "break". I appreciate your taking the time to see what, if anything was going on.