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BRM2363 Bachelder Gettysburg birds eye 1863John Bachelder (1825-1894) was an American painter, photographer and historian. Born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, he studied at Alden Partridge’s famed military academy in Pembroke, then moved to Pennsylvania, where he eventually became a school principal.  By 1853 however he had returned to New Hampshire and undertaken an artistic career.  Early on he focused on topographical views, most notably publishing in 1856 his Album of New England Scenery,a volume of 22 lithographic views of New England towns based on his own paintings.

But John Bachelder found his true calling during the Civil War, as the preeminent historian of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863).  Within days of the battle he traveled to the scene, where he spent months traversing the field, making sketches and interviewing participants and witnesses. Later in 1863 he published Gettysburg Battle-Field, a spectacular and detailed bird’s-eye view, and over the next 30 years he studied the battle down to its most minute details. He ultimately produce a 2500-page manuscript account, as well as a number of remarkable maps and prints, including a set of maps documenting each day of the battle and a stunning panoramic print of Pickett’s Charge.



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John Bachelder subscription book for “Gettysburg: Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault”

John Bachelder subscription book for his iconic engraving of James Walker’s iconic painting, “The Battle of Gettysburg: Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault, July 3, 1863.” With nearly 1000 signatures including that of General Meade and hundreds of other Civil War veterans. Background John Bachelder (1825-1894) was an American painter, photographer and historian. Within days of the […]

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Magnificent bird’s-eye view of the Battle of Gettysburg

A spectacular and remarkably informative depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg, which marked the turning point of the Civil War.   The view was published in late 1863, within months of the events depicted, and marked the beginning of John Bachelder’s three-decade career documenting and depicting the battle in prose, maps and prints. Here he depicts […]

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Positions of troops compiled and added for the Government by John B. Bachelder / Topography engraved by Julius Bien / Positions & lettering by Louis E. Neuman / Printed by Endicott & Co, MAP OF THE BATTLE FIELD OF GETTYSBURG. JULY 1ST, 2ND, 3RD 1863. / FIRST DAY’S BATTLE [with:] SECOND DAY’S BATTLE [with:] THIRD DAY’S BATTLE. Boston: Office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, 1876.

Bachelder’s monumental maps of the Battle of Gettysburg

A monumental set of maps by John Bachelder depicting each day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. John Bachelder Bachelder (1825-1894) was a painter, lithographer, photographer and historian. During the antebellum years he produced an important and appealing body of work depicting sites and cities in […]

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Jno. B. Bachelder Del. / Endicott & Co. Lith., GETTYSBURG BATTLE-FIELD. Boston and New York: John Bachelder, 1863.

Magnificent bird’s-eye view of the Battle of Gettysburg by John Bachelder

A spectacular and remarkably informative bird’s-eye view of the Battle of Gettysburg by John Bachelder, the pre-eminent 19th-century documentarian of the event often viewed as the “high-water mark of the Confederacy”. The view was published in late 1863, within months of the events depicted, and marked the beginning of John Bachelder’s three-decade career documenting and […]

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GETTYSBURG. Repulse of Longstreet’s Assault. Boston, 1876.

John Bachelder’s magnificent rendering of Longstreet’s Assault

John Bachelder’s magnificent rendering of the climactic event of the Battle of Gettysburg, Longstreet’s assault on the third day against the Union center at Cemetery Hill. This advance, ultimately repulsed with huge losses, marked the “high-water mark of the Confederacy” and has a strong claim to being the turning point of the Civil War.   Bachelder […]

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