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Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 16:43:24 -0800 (PST)

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From: Stefan Jones
Dead medium: CYCLORAMA
Source(s): Copyright (c) 1999 Nando Media Copyright (c) 1999 Associated Press

Home sought for massive depiction of Battle of Gettysburg

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 6, 1999 2:20 p.m. EDT - Rolled up and tucked away in a warehouse in North Carolina is an artistic gem, big as a football field, depicting the glory and carnage of the Civil War's pivotal battle.

State Sen. Ham Horton, a Civil War history buff, is leading a campaign to find a home for what he says is the original Gettysburg cyclorama, predating the one displayed at the southern Pennsylvania battlefield. It also may be one of the largest oil paintings in the world.

The 376-by-22-foot panoramic painting would require a cylindrical-shape building about 150 feet wide to be properly displayed.

Horton said the cyclorama was painted by 16 people between 1880 and 1882 working under the direction of Paul Philippoteaux. Philippoteaux visited the battlefield and interviewed soldiers who fought there so that he could accurately depict the battle, Horton said.

The same painter in 1884 completed the 360-foot-long work displayed in the Cyclorama Building at the battlefield.

The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 was a bloody defeat for Southern troops who had invaded the North. Coinciding with the Union victory at Vicksburg, Miss., the battle marked the South's last major offensive of the war, which ended in April 1865.

The warehoused cyclorama was displayed in Chicago and other cities decades ago, but had been in storage for years when Joe King, a Winston-Salem artist, brought it to the city in 1964.

When King died in 1996, he left it to Wake Forest University.


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