This is a print of a Mort Kuntsler painting that I have a small collection of in my desk drawer; I am fortunate to sport two of his full size paintings (prints) of Pickett's Charge & Chamberlain on Little Round Top respectively in my cabin office & my office upstairs. I discovered him when I visited Gettysburg in 1997 for the first time & admire his creative gifts he has given to the Civil War Community. This print is called "Dilger at Gettysburg---Near Barlow's Knoll." Though I have studied Gettysburg in depth for many years, there is always something new that pops up & grabs my attention. The back of the card reads: "It was a desperate moment. Driven back on the first day at Gettysburg, the Northern Army had to hurriedly redeploy along Cemetery Ridge before the Confederates could takes advantage of the retreat. Captain Hubert Dilger, a veteran Federal artillery officer, ordered two of his field pieces forward without infantry support. Dilger's gun crews were exposed to a devastating fire, but they unflinchingly pounded away at the Confederate positions--and slowed the Southern advanced. Northern forces were able to fortify strong positions on Cemetery Ridge, & there stayed until two more days of battle left them victorious." (Painting 1989)
Amid the rush & the chaos of the retreat & the advance of the armies moving down from the North through Gettysburg, this captain chose to stand & fight with his artillery without any infantry to help shield the cannon fire pouring into the oncoming Confederates. It is moments like this, not just at Gettysburg, but throughout the war that may go overlooked at times, yet prove to be momentous toward a victory in their own unique way. After seeing this print, I uploaded a picture of it to my new computer. & I have decided to look more into this captain & the exact position of these field pieces on the first day of battle. If they weren't captured by Ewell's Corps, then what role did they play on July 2nd & July 3rd? etc. Thanks for your time---I thought I would share this as it was fresh on my mind & this forum allows me to turn a few lines of note into a couple of paragraphs. If you all have not noticed, if you are in to this type of thing, I have Gettysburg on my Weather Apps & it looks like they are in for 8-14 inches of snow this weekend. It would be a beautiful time to tread the battlefield with a nice coat & cigar.
Every take care & keep your health up!