Thursday, 19 March 2015

From AdamC - One last anti-hero? (15 points)

Well this is my second time writing my last entry hope this one doesn't get stolen by the net gremlins. First of all thank you to Curt for running the challenge and thank you to all of you who commented on my posts for your praise, critiques and suggestions I feel I have grown some as a painter over the last 100+ days as a results.  I hope you will all drop by at Fencing Frog to see what I am up to between now and next December.  My final subject is Robert E. Lee.

The moment I am portraying actually happened 2 to three times with variations in 1864-65.  Robert E Lee ceased a regiments colors to rally troops who were falling back and on the verge of routing.  The reaction of the troops was more or less the same on all three occasions.  They rallied, angrily told Lee that they would hold (or counter attack) but only if he got to the rear.

On at least one of these occasions brigade or division officers also took part in persuading Lee to get out of harms way.  On all three occasions Lee's intervention "saved the day" and the Army of Norther Virginia managed to hang on just a little longer.  So that is my vignette  Lee is reaching for the retreating soldiers flag while an officer tries to persuade him that this is not were an army commander should be.

Is Lee and Anti-hero?  I myself am some what torn.  Its hard to find much in his person that is not the model of 19th century masculinity.  His resignation for the US army was just that and predated Virginia's succession.  I for one can't really blame a man for thinking it his duty to defend his family and neighbours. He fought skilfully, honourably and never spared himself any hardship in the field.  In the end he didn't try to prolong a war with needless guerrilla fighting that would have done nothing but add to the body count. Indeed after the Civil War he did nothing but encourage reconciliation.  Yet there is the cause he defended which was slavery, it may not have been his personal motive but if Virginia had not had slaves his home state would never have seceded and would never have needed his defense.  Ultimately I think Lee is an anti-hero a good man defending a wicked cause.

The figures are all Blue Moon 18mm figures.  There are two mounted and one on foot.  I am guessing about 6 points for the mounted men and 3 for the infantry.  The Flag is a generic flag from War

Once again it has been a great pleasure taking the ride with all of you.  Drop by when you can. 

From Curt:

A great final entry Adam. For me Lee is a heroic figure caught within tragic circumstance and a corrupt national policy. Like many, I've always admired both his strategic genius and his humanity - he was a man who was tasked to destroy that which he loved (the Union and his own army),  a situation that makes him a great creature of pathos, if nothing else.

It has been a delight having you part of the Challenge Adam. You completely embraced the event and have been one of its most enthusiastic participants - thank you for your participation and camaraderie. 


  1. A great way to go out Adam. Excellent work and it's been fun watching you build your ACW forces up over the past three months :)

    1. Back at you Tamsin the two different scales we work in for ACW have made your work quite interesting to me.

  2. Thanks Curt its been fun and I look forward to doing it again.

  3. Nice vignette and a great send off.

  4. Great way to finish sir, looking forward to crossing brushes again next year :-)


  5. Grand work on the ACW! This is the perfect icing on a blue/grey cake! ;)
    I'm slowly working on western theatre with the end being Gen Stand Waite. But I'm also putting all my favorite regiments from all theatres in it! ;)

    1. Thanks I thought it was a pretty cool idea when it occurred to me last week. I also cherry pick favorite regiments especially on the union side were brigades (with noted exceptions) didn't really have a personality that came down to us.