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Platter commemorating Pickett's Charge

Object Number: 
1961.254
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Earthenware
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. ( 3.2 x 32.1 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on base:"E PLURIBUS UNUM" over spread eagle and "PICKETT'S CHARGE,/GETTYSBURG printed: on obverse:"GEN. W.S. HANCOCK", "GEN JAS. LONGSTREET", "GEN. G.G. MEADE", "GEN R.E. LEE" collector's label: affixed to reverse: "ALL THIS HAS BEEN MY FAULT.
Description: 
Molded pearlware octagonal dish printed in medium blue with central view of battlefield with charging and dying infantry, smoke, Confederate & American flags, cannon in foreground; border of medallions with famous Confederate and Union generals with oak leaves and acorn border.
Gallery Label: 
This platter represents Pickett's Charge, the disastrous infantry assault ordered by Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. Represented in medallions around the border are generals Hancock, Longstreet, Meade, and Lee.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Arthur H. Merritt
Provenance: 
The Dr. Arthur H. Merritt Collection of Anglo-American Historical Staffordshire
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group