Soldiers

James Hope
James Hope
was an artist. Born in Scotland, he came to America via Canada as a young man. When war broke out he was living in Castleton, where he was known for his portrait and landscape paintings.

Commissioned a captain of Company
B of Vermont’s 2nd Regiment, Hope fought at Bull Run in July 1861. But a little over a year later he was too sick to fight with his comrades at Antietam and could only observe the bloody scene. He resigned due to illness in December 1862 just after the first Battle of Fredericksburg. Hope recorded his experiences in sketches and in later years recreated the scenes of war in large oil paintings. In this painting he shows the camp of the Vermont Brigade, of which the 2nd Regiment was a part, just after the first Battle of Fredericksburg. The painting is so detailed that the names on the grave markers are readable.

Hope also did paintings of Bull Run and Antietam as well as other military scenes. He sold many of these works to former army friends. Hope returned to Vermont and continued his military and landscape painting. Eventually he moved to Woodstock, New York, where he had a studio and art gallery.

The 2nd Vermont Regiment camped at Camp Griffin, Virginia, winter 1861–1862. Collection of National Park Service—Antietam National Battlefield.


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