The Civil War Sesquicentennial Photographic Project 2011-2015 was conceived as a photographic documentary of the 21st century living historians and the events that keep alive the memory of that dark period of our country’s past.  To participate in these events takes dedication and commitment.

100% of the proceeds from donations of downloads of electronic files and prints are forwarded to non-profit organizations that sponsor these events and work to preserve the hallowed land our fathers died on for a cause they believed in.  The goal is to help preserve both battlefields and the art of reenactments for future generations.

Oak Hill Studio is a non-profit photography studio specializing in landscape, nature and vintage photography.

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Locust Grove - 2013

November 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

November 2013 at the Walkerton Estate. 


Cedar Creek - October 2013

November 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

 

 

A late post of last month's Cedar Creek event.

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Photographic Thibute to 2nd Sargeant Charles Napier of the 13th Virginia Co. I

July 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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Charles Napier was a dedicated and thoughtful man. His loss is deeply felt.

 


Etching of the Battle of Ox Hill

June 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment


US Library of Congress Sesquicentennial Addition

June 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The following was received via email this morning. I’m very proud of the recognition and thankful for all of those that have supported these efforts.

To Whom It May Concern:

The United States Library of Congress has selected your website for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War Sesquicentennial. We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.

The Library of Congress preserves the Nation's cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. The Library's traditional functions, acquiring, cataloging, preserving and serving collection materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people to foster education and scholarship, extend to digital materials, including websites.

The following URL has been selected for archiving:

www.oakhillstudio.org/f29827183


Newspaper Article of Mosby's Raid on Herndon Depot

June 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment


Gathering of Eagles - Winchester, Virginia 2013

June 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

"A Gathering of Civil War Eagles" in Winchester, Virginia workshop offered spectators a rare opportunity to hear discussions about key events of the Civil War by some of the most knowledgeable living historians. The Nation’s most prominent impressionists of the Civil War leaders engaged in debates throughout the weekend and offered spectators a chance to ask questions on particular points of interest. The event took place in the Old Court House Civil War Museum in Old Town Winchester June 1st and 2nd 2013. It featured members of Lee’s Lieutenants and The Federal General’s Corp.


But it wasn’t all serious discussions and Q&A.  The sketch entitled “The Duel" was arranged for Saturday afternoon. The pretext was two gentlemen discussing the merits of Kentucky Bourbon versus Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey.  As the drinking continued, the discussion deteriorated into an argument and the two walked or, by some accounts, stumbled out of the Union Jack bar.  The argument escalated as the two began hurling insults at each other as they continued to stumble down the street.

They were urged on by a Prussian bystander who decided the only resolution to this argument was a duel at 10 paces.  In contrast, a preacher tried to peacefully end the argument with a reading of passages from the good book. By this time the alcohol induced argument was not going to end peacefully.  The two drunks stumbled about each brandishing .44 mm six shooters unable to aim straight, which caused all sorts of havoc and hilarity.

In the end both were shot by the frustrated Prussian bystander, but not without much mayhem as all twelve missed shots flew about the crowd hitting a bird from the sky, shattering a distant glass pane, and knocking a ladies' hat off of her head.  

The sketch was not announced to the local spectators who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the antics. 

The sketch featured Mr. Bill Frueh and Mr. David Trimble as the alcohol induced duelers, Mr. RJ Cicerio as the Prussian antagonist and Mr. Greg Stull as the preacher.  Supporting (literally) cast was Mr. Chris Godart and Mr. Tony Virando. All of the players are members of Lee’s Lieutenants Living History Organization. Speciall thanks to Dave Trimble and Rosemary Thoburn for their help in compiling the story.
 

The Link to the Galleries:  http://www.oakhillstudio.org/f61868653


Friday Tactical

May 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Posted the images from the Friday Tactical. 

http://www.oakhillstudio.org/p364413579


The Ravine Crossing

May 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The 13th Virginia Co I decided to cross the ravine at Chansellorsville during Jackson's flank attack rather than wait their turn to cross the bridge.  This sequence took about a minute, but yielded some great shots.

From Wikipedia:

A ravine is generally a fluvial slope landform of relatively steep (cross-sectional) sides, on the order of twenty to seventy percent in gradient. Ravines may or may not have active streams flowing along the downslope channel which originally formed them; moreover, often they are characterized by intermittent streams, since their geographic scale may not be sufficiently large to support a perennial watercourse.

The link:   http://www.oakhillstudio.org/p225402675


T.J. Jackson Wounding Scenerio

May 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Jackson wounding and surgery scenario is posted. Thanks to all that participated and helped behind the scenes. A special thanks to my friend Greg Randall as "Stonewall". Great job Greg.


My first article in the Civil War News Publication

April 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

My blog entry from earlier this month shows the UDC Confederate Memorial Service on April 7, 2013. I used a group portrait that I particularly liked, but the editor said those do not print well so I chose this shot of the wreath laying.  My first photojournalist attempt. 


Brunswick Stew

April 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

One of my favorite regional Virginia dishes is Brunswick Stew.  In New Mexico it's the pueblo style chili cooked in a similar fashion caldron style.  There are so many variations of the recipe and most are good eats.  Maybe it was the cool morning, or the folks, or watching the progression of ingredients, but the bowl I enjoyed at noon was GREAT.  My thanks to the Brunswick SCV for showing me the process and some of the secret ingredients used.  Like BBQ it's an acquired art and like pit masters I now know there are stew masters.  The recipe is safe with me.  

The stew is not done until the paddle stands upright in the center of the pot.

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Master stew master Clary

Clary


Galleries of the Long Road Home - The Fall of Richmond

April 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

More Photographs of the event.

Link to the galleries - http://www.oakhillstudio.org/f129829586


Memorial Service at the Appomattox Confederate Cemetery April 7 2013

April 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

United Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial Service at the Appomattox Confederate Cemetery was held on Sunday afternon April 7 2013.

The cemetery contains the graves of 19 soldiers (18 Confederates and 1 Union) who were killed in the last days of fighting at Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House. On May 18, 1866 a Ladies Association was formed to insure proper internment for soldiers who had not had proper burials. The land for this little cemetery was donated by Mr. John Sear, and the land clearing began. Most of the wood for the coffins was donated and men from the town of Appomattox constructed them and dug the graves.

The Ladies Association later developed into the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Appomattox United Daughters of the Confederacy was chartered on August 22, 1895 with 22 members and was the 11th chapter in the nation. The Appomattox United Daughters of the Confederacy has owned and maintained this cemetery since that time. In April of every year a Memorial Service is held at this cemetery to honor these soldiers and all soldiers who have fought for their country and the causes they believe in. 

Link to the gallery - http://www.zenfolio.com/oakhillstudio/p994555501

 


The Long Road Home - Fall of Richmond The Robertson Hospital Sketch

April 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Appomattox County Historical Society, together with the United Daughters of the Confederacy Appomattox Chapter 11, Lee's Lieutenants and the Federal Generals Corps sponsored a Sesquicentennial event entitled The Fall of Richmond.  This is the third event in the five-year "Long Road Home" program leading to the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War in Appomattox.

The Long Road Home series of events are a combination of a Civil War re-enactment and living history events.   This event, commemorating the events surrounding the 1865 fall and evacuation of Richmond, Virginia was held April 5-7, 2013 at Clover Hill Village, Appomattox, Virginia.

The most ambitious scenario was a depiction of the closing of the Robertson Hospital by Federal forces.  The event is taken from a dairy excerpt and features Captain Sally Tompkins, a nurse at the hospital that is short of medicine, supplies, and everything else except wounded Confederate soldiers.

A link to the Gallery - http://www.oakhillstudio.org/p990990357