Monday, November 15, 2010

Woman at Window Watercolor

I have not posted many watercolor paintings or pencil drawings of non historical paintings but I do paint other things. (see post below)

I do enjoy using either medium and I wanted to show commission work that does not involve something of historical significance. Samples shown here will give you an idea of the style and range of my experience with both mediums. I like working in watercolors or pencil because they are both quick without the hassle of longer drying times that you can run into with oil and acrylics.

So if you are looking for some custom commission work using watercolors or pencil let me know what you are looking for and I will provide it to you before the holidays.
The holidays are coming soon and no is the time to get your request in for a portraits of your family pet.

Capture your pet(s) likeness in a beautiful formal acrylic painting that you can hang proudly in any room. All I require is a decent photo to capture the likeness of your pet. Remember when submitting photos If I can not see it I can not paint it so please send a decent photo.

Send your requests to and I will get a quote to you after I know size and other specifics. Painting prices start at $150.00 without frame and I usually require a two week turnaround depending on the size.

Friday, October 29, 2010

First Minnesota At Gettysburg

I have finally finished this painting "The Spartans Of Gettysburg" after about 7 variations. I wanted to capture the moment at Gettysburg when the First Minnesota Volunteers all 262 of them were ordered by General Hancock to charge down a hill into 1,800 Alabama soldiers moving up the hill. General Hancock needed time to rush in reinforcements to counter the 11000 man force forming behind the Alabaman's that were rapidly moving into positions to flank the Union lines -- "five minutes time," he'd write later. So he ordered Col. William Colvill and his men to charge the larger Rebel force to gain time to get his reinforcements into position.

“Every man in the first Minnesota realized in an instant what that order meant; death or wounds to us all, the sacrifice of the regiment, to gain a few minutes’ time and save the position and probably the battlefield," wrote Lt. William Lochren of the First Minnesota. Though the Minnesotan unit was outnumbered five to one they did not hesitate and lunged forward with fixed bayonets in a spectacular charge that could in all fairness be called suicidal.

The Alabamans were disorganized and winded after charging nearly a mile, and the sudden attack by the small group of Minnesotans caught them off guard. The Confederates were momentarily thrown back; but they regained cohesion, and then delivered staggering fire into the Yankees.

The First Minnesota was virtually destroyed within ten minutes. Only 47 soldiers made their way back to the ridge. Colvill was seriously wounded, one of 215 casualties. The Rebels were repelled and Hancock succeeded in bolstering the Union line with reinforcements in that 10 minutes--but at a great sacrifice. 82 percent of the First Minnesota men were killed or wounded the highest casualty rate of the any American unit in any war. Hancock succeeded in bolstering the Union line with reinforcements in that 10 minutes, and the Alabamans were forced to retreat.

"I would have ordered that regiment in if I had known every man would have been killed," Hancock wrote. "It had to be done."

"They had not taken the Alabama flag, but they had held on to their own,' Historian Shelby Foote wrote. "And they had given Hancock his five minutes plus five more for good measure."

The Next Day the First Minnesota Helped Repel Pickett's Charge
Decimated as it was, the First Minnesota was not finished fighting at Gettysburg. Two companies that had been detached from the regiment, rejoined the unit, bringing the numbers back up to 150 men. On the third day of the battle, the Minnesotans were called in to help smother Pickett's Charge -- the climatic Confederate attack led by Gen. George E. Pickett. The First Minnesota suffered 45 more casualties, but Pvt. Marshall Sherman managed to capture the colors of the 28th Virginia. This flag which I have seen is today at the Minnesota History Museum.

This acrylic painting measures 24"x 36" and the original is still available. Signed Giclee prints with an image size of 20" x 15.5" are available for $250.00. Other sizes are available with framing options. Email me at if interested.

Monday, October 25, 2010

JFK Poster Go Ahead and Call Me a Liberal

Well you can sure tell its election time. A lot of interest in this print with the included speech from JFK dated September 14th 1960.

So here it is a limited edition run of this 17" and 3/4" x 26" image area only Giclee print for $125.00. Each piece is signed and numbered and is guaranteed to be a draw in any room it occupies. If you need framing options please let me know and I can show you and price a style that fits the piece.

Email me if interested in ordering prints or framing options at

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jack Kennedy Painting

After Painting sports legend Vince Lombardi and Marilyn Monroe the famous screen actress I had to finish the famous celebrity series with a political icon.

JFK was a natural choice for me, Abe Lincoln was close and I actually started one of Abe but with the Marilyn Monroe connections and the lack of JFK portraits in a natural setting like this the choice was made much easier for me. I will finish Abe later and post here.

This JFK original measures 18" in length by 9" wide and is painted in colors that reflect the other two paintings in the series. The image painted I think fits the personality of JFK and his tone of politics. If you are looking for a series of original art to finish off a media room or entertainment area this is the series that will always draw comments.

This image is for sale and signed limited edition Giclee prints are available at the original size for $180.00. Email: to order.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Babe Ruth New York Yankees Painting

After a disappointing sweep of the Twins by the New York Yankees I was compelled to paint this picture of Babe Ruth. Read into it what you will. This image is slightly cut off at the bottom but signed Giclee prints are available of this 7.50x15" acrylic painting for $125.00. Mailed in a shipping tube this print is sure to bring comments to any room. Allow a week for delivery. Contact: for orders. Visa & MasterCard accepted.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I just can not seem to get this painting done the way I want it. So here is the night version of the Wayzata depot circa late 1800's. I now have a day and a night version and am not working on modern day version anytime soon. It seems to me that their are many current versions of this historic depot. Prints will be available just contact me at: and let me know the size you are looking for.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vince Lombardi Painting

I had to add this one to my second of three celebrity paintings especially since football season is just around the corner.

The colors of this on the original of this painting are much different than what shows here but monitors can never reproduce color accurately anyway.

This is another black and white look at a legend of the sixties. This will probably mean the third painting of this series should be black and white too.

Painting with a limited palette of colors is fun, refreshing, challenging and very rewarding when it all pulls together.
I like this paintings simplicity. I think this basic image evokes the simplicity of Vince Lombardi's views and approach to football and life. From what I understand of Mr. Lombardi he may have been a complex personality to understand but his complicated personality understood how to get the best results from people. His basic philosophy was to break complicated tasks down to their simplest of components in order to perfect techniques through repetition and familiarity. His ability to do this is what made him a great coach. In my opinion anyway.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Trophy Buck Painting

This is a painting I just finished for all the avid deer hunters out there. You know who you are and you know this picture, its the scene you can't ever get out of your mind.

You have been out hunting all day and are just about to call it quits when you see the one that you wait all your life to see. The king in front of his castle, staring right back at you. In a second he was there and just as fast he disappears back into his castle. Now you get the essence of this painting and the reason it is titled "A King Leaving His Castle". This JPEG Image to the right does not due justice to the colors of the original but at least you will get an idea of what it looks like.

The original painting measures 17"x24" and when framed is very impressive whether you are a deer hunter or not. Signed Giclee print of this painting are available in the size of 15"x22" for $150.00. Email: steve@bergerfine arts if interested in purchasing or other available sizes.

Oh, and Mike B, if you are out there this ones for you. Never say never.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Marilyn Monroe Painting

I have been wanting to paint a celebrity portrait for sometime and why not pick a cultural icon like Marilyn Monroe. To keep it simple I used a black and white pallet with some tinges of yellow and I really like the effect.

This painting was interesting and fun to do because of the two light sources on both sides of Marilyn's face that can show her facial features starkly and still give the feeling of softness because of the subtle use of face shading.

The title for this painting is "The Look" and what I wanted to convey through this image is a feeling of confidence and awareness. Signed limited Edition 11x17 giclee print of "The Look" is available for 150.00. Contact me at and leave your contact information so I can get back to you about shipping, framing, sizes etc.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The unpublished Wayzata Depot Painting

This is the first Wayzata Depot painting I did. Sometimes I will do a number of views to get the right feel for the completed painting and I usually do not publish the "other" study paintings but I had to publish this one here.

I am not sure when it happened but somewhere in process this view and this painting started not feeling right and well you will have to look at this one and judge for yourself.

Maybe I should have kept going with this painting but I decided to stop. The previous blog post is where I ended up so you can see for yourself where this painting ended up. I have had a lot of comments on this painting as people pass by it.

Wayzata 1800's Rail Road Depot

I recently was in Wayzata Minnesota and looked at the historic railroad depot nestled right in downtown of Wayzata.

This building has existed since the late 1800's and considering the histiry it is in remarkable shape. I wanted to capture the spirit of the building but after reading some of the history to paint it accurately I had to do some research.

This painting is based on photos dating back to the late 1800's and the scenery around the depot has changed dramatically. There were no trees or groomed lakeshore at that time. This painting represents that time with a transport boat "Minnehaha" at the dock waiting for passengers in its yellow and red colors. I still have some finishing touches to this painting but prints are available. Please email me at

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

1987 Twins World Series Painting

As the Twins make their way to the playoffs (I hope) I was reminded of the 1987 Twins team that won the world series and how important Kirby Puckett was to that team.

I found my old tickets and looked at the cover of the program for that World Series held in the Metro dome and thought wouldn't it be neat to put Kirby with his hand held high showing that the Twins won the 1987 series and that team finally brought a world championship to the Twin Cities.

What I wanted to do was to create a painting that combines the images from the program cover the 1987 World Series logo and Kirby showing the Twins won the 1987 series. Here is the painting as it stands now and I might add this photo to the right does not do the colors in the original justice but I do feel the painting captures the electricity and emotion that was part of that memorable series between the Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals.

A limited edition of 100 signed Giclee prints are available for $150 each. The original art measures 17" wide by 22" and is also for sale. Contact: for size considerations, payment termas and delivery information.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Fort Snelling 1890

This is a little different view of Fort Snelling. The style of this painting is not as detailed as my other stuff but when I reached this point I just really liked the way the colors and the painting looked so I stopped before I screwed it up.

This is a view from across the fort from the river in the year 1890. The poles you see at the rivers edge are tie ups for river boats to tie up to so they could load and unload. The river current here is very fast. At any rate I am leaving it as is. The original painting is about 24"x30" on canvas. If interested in prints email me at (

Robbinsdale Downtown Painting

Robbinsdale Minnesota landmarks are hard to come by. This painting is a followup to the Robbinsdale watertower painting I did earlier in the year. Downtown and Wiz Bang Days celebration were the inspiration for this painting. I tried to capture the shadows of a typical summer day in downtown Robbinsdale and of course a robin on top of the clock. This is part of a series of small metro downtown paintings I would like to get done this summer. Wayzata and or Hopkins is next. Prints will be forthcoming and if you are interested in prints please feel free to contact me at ( and I will make sure I can give you the size you want.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Lake Harriet Bandshell

I took a break from history to paint a current landmark the band shell at Lake Harriet.

It has been a while since I painted architecture I use to do a lot of wooden barns in Iowa before they would disappear into rubble. No two barns were created the same. All were unique and that is what made them interesting to paint and draw. The details were amazing.

But this painting was definitely fun to do. Talk about details in buildings this band shell has a bunch of character details. The day at the lake sketching and getting color ideas did not hurt either.

This original painting is 36" wide by 24" tall. I put a lot of purple in the water to show the Vikings colors are everywhere and it will be a part of a three or four painting series about landmarks surrounding the downtown lakes. A giclee print of the lake Harriet band shell will be price at $150.00. The original is still available for purchase

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Custer's Last Signal at The Little Big Horn Valley

This is the final painting in the Little Big Horn series. This painting shows General Custer and Scouts signaling his commanders to follow him into the Bighorn valley. Note the one scout has buckskin trousers on and Custer is also wearing buckskin. According to eyewitness reports on finding the remains at the site soon after the battle Custer was found with all his clothes intact and wearing the buckskin jacket shown here and shot two times both wounds were deemed fatal. According to Chief Crazy Horse who was eyewitness to the event when General Custer was shot for the final time as he fell he laughed. Makes you wonder what the general was thinking about at the end of the battle. It took roughly forty minutes for Custer to have his command annihilated. The rest of his force under the command of officers Reno and Benteen would fight for the next two days before being relieved by reinforcements. This painting is available in prints and original image size is roughly 20" x 36" . Full size Giclee prints on canvas are available for $250.00. Contact for orders.

Custer's Last Cavalry Charge Painting

This is another painting about the events at Little Big Horn in 1876. There will be one more painting in this series that I have finished and will post later today. This will complete the set at four paintings. This painting is titled "The last Charge of the Seventh Cavalry". Image size is roughly 22"x 38" and was purposely painted with a darker sky and images than the other paintings of the series. I wanted this painting to convey a feeling of static energy being poured into an abyss of history. Whew that is statement that needs to be looked at again. At any rate watch for the last painting of the series. Giclees of this print on canvas will be offered at $250.00 each with artists remarked touches.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

George Custers Decision a Painting by Steve Berger

I admit as a historian I find the the 1876 battle of Little Big Horn fascinating for a number of reasons.

Maybe it's Custer's arrogance or the Sioux nations last gasp of independence that makes this moment in time so intriguing to me but it was most definitely a defining moment in the American West.

This painting called "The Decision" represents Custer's order to split his forces at the divide of the Rosebud River and the valley of the Little Big Horn.

Why he did this is for historians to argue over but it lead to the elimination of his command and the beginning of the end for armed native American resistance.

This painting depicts the conversation at that moment. I wonder what his junior officers thought as he gave the order to proceed and attaack the large Indian village that they could see across the river. His troops were tire and dusty they had just finished an 18 mile ride and it was just a little before 12:oo on that fateful day in 1876. What were they thinking?

GI Mom Painting

This is a new painting that I had been thinking of for some time. I want to add some finishing touches but at least I am started and it is out of the sketch format. With memorial day just passing this one is for all the mom's in the military and there seems to be a lot of them.

I never seem to see any images that can convey all the loads women carry as mothers, wives, and soldiers. In this painting I wanted to capture that feeling. Maybe this painting represents the end of a long long day somewherere else but home.

This original painting called "GI Mom"has an image size of 12"x20" and is for sale as a Giclee for $125.00.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Voyager Painting

This is the latest of the Fort Snelling works I have produced. This scene depicts a Voyager in his element. I may have a couple of changes to this painting. The original measures 36" x 27" and is an acrylic on canvas. If you would be interested in prints email me at
This is a finished view of an original painting I did some time ago. I wanted to do something with the clouds in the sky and I thought adding an eagle would be interesting. I wanted to paint it so it would be immediately noticeable. Can you find it? This painting is part of the Fort Snelling series and is now finally finished. Prints are available just email me at steve@bergerfinearts if interested.

Pawnee Near Fort Snelling

This painting is part of the Fort Snelling series I have been doing. I wanted to capture what it would be feeling like in the woods near the fort. Since it is near the Mississippi River there are steep bluffs, many ridges and trails and lots of color. This painting reflects a typical day for a Native American who is checking out his collection of flint arrowheads to maybe be re-purposed as flint for his newly acquired gun. It is just another walk in the woods near the fort.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Confederate States Flag

One of the the first national flags of the confederacy is depicted here. I wanted to add something more to this piece rather than just show the flag by itself. After doing some research I discovered that the flag design as well as the design styles of the uniforms of the newly formed southern army had a design link. This is what made the painting shown here an
interesting combination of visual history.

This initial Confederate States flag was designed by a Prussian artist named Nicola Marschall. Mr. Marschall also designed the confederate uniforms we all have become familiar with that use the grey, yellow and blue color combinations used by the armies of the south during the Civil War. Mr Marschall lived in Marion Alabama at the time of this design and must have been active in other design endeavors during his lifetime which I would like to research to find out more.

Mr. Marschall's assignment to come up with a new flag also included a design requirement set by the provisional Confederate Congress that the new flag was to be similar to the"Stars and Stripes" flag used by the north.

Nicloa's design challenge was then can he make the C.S.A. flag different enough using the same combinations of colors, stars and stripes that the U. S. flag incorporated to stand on its own visual merit. Mr Marschall's design did indeed succeed in winning the newly formed governments approval. His unique combination of the elements required by the Congress made a beautiful visual statement that went on to represent the Southern government and was soon referred to as the "Stars and Bars"of the south.

Nicola's flag design was rapidly approved on March 4th 1861 and was shown first publicly at the Ben Johnson house in Bardstown Kentucky. It eventually made its appearance over the confederate capital dome later in the year.

A special note that the initial flag design had only had 7 stars not the eleven star flag depicted here in this painting. As the war progressed and more states fell into the confederacy more stars were added. The eleven star was added July 2nd 1861 and stayed until two more final stars were added November 28, 1861.

Prints of this are now available. A 2'x2' signed canvas Giclee print goes for $1,500.00

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dakota Warriors outside of Fort Snelling Minnesota

This is a recent painting I did to go along with the Fort Snelling painting "series" which I have not posted here yet. The series depicts different scenes about the post as it appeared in 1848. Of course the Dakota people were a big part of the comings and goings of the settlement. This scene shows three Dakota warriors observing from afar. Just enough detail in the painting to evoke the distance between the two cultures the openess of the territory, both represented in this painting with the big sky and open prairie. Notice also that the sun is positioned to cast short shadows representing high noon on a hot summer day in northern Minnesota. I am sure this scene was played out many times in the 1800's, it was fun to paint while thinking of how it must have been to be alive during those days. This original of this painting is roughly 3'x3.5 and 2'x2' Giclee signed canvas prints of this painting sell for $195.00. Free shipping of course. Email to order.

Bennington Flag Real or Not?

This is another 4'x4' painting for the American Flag series. I did a smaller version of the Bennington flag but I wanted to do a larger one for the collection. The history behind this flag is interesting. The Bennington Flag large '76' makes it easily identifiable as banner from the American Revolution, and it seems every one has seen this flag at one time or another.
A legend claims that the original Bennington Flag was carried off the field by Nathaniel Fillmore and passed down through the Fillmore family, and was, at one time, in the possession of President Millard Fillmore, Nathaniel's grandson. Philetus P. Fillmore flew a Bennington flag in 1877, to commemorate the Battle of Bennington. Mrs. Maude Fillmore Wilson donated the family flag to the Bennington Museum. Because of the family association, the flag is also referred to as the "Fillmore Flag".
Many doubt the actual use of the Fillmore flag at the Battle of Bennington. The flag of John Stark's Green Mountain Boys is generally accepted to have been there, but the Bennington flag has become more strongly associated with the event. Both Stark's flag and the Fillmore flag are held in a collection at the Bennington Museum, but the Stark flag is accepted as an 18th century regimental banner, while the museum has dated the Bennington flag from the 1800s based on the nature of the machine-woven fabric it is made from.The curator of textiles in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of History and Technology speculated that the flag may even have been a centennial banner, made circa 1876. If this is true than this flag is historic but it represnts a different era than what people think it represents. I will go with the Smithsonians observations. 2'x2' Giclee canvas reprints of this artwork are available for $165.00 email steve@bergerfinearts if interested. Free shipping of course.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


This is a painting of the wooden steamboat Minnehaha. This boat was built in 1906 and was powered by steam. It would cruise lake Minnetonka a suburb of Minneapolis all summer long. As personal gas powered boats became popular the ridership of the Minnehaha decreased and the upkeep became to much of a factor to keep the economics of the boat cruising the lake. The decision was made to sink the boat in 1926. She stayed on the bottom until the mid 1990's where she was discovered again and raised from the depths. She was miraculously restored and has been in active passenger service 1996. What a great way to spend an evening on the lake. It may be a little slower but in the middle of summer everything is suppose to slow down.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Broadway Joe

I am adding another sports painting that I recently finished. This one is of Joe Namath. Broadway Joe was a favorite of mine when he played for the Jets not the Rams. I had a chance to meet him on the field when he played for the Rams at the end of his career. This picture pretty well sums up how I remember Joe. Confident and in complete control of his game.

This 12"x18" print will be selling for $150.00 signed. If interested in this print leave a comment with contact information below or email me at and I will get back to you.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Minnesota Twins Country

I had to do this one just for fun. This is not the finished painting but you get the general idea. The image is roughly 26" x 20" and it combines some fun imagery. Like I said in the previous post it is fun to be painting sports again. I hope it shows.

Twins Opening Day Poster

This is a new painting I recently did to celebrate the opening day of the Twins home opener at their new stadium Target Field.

If you notice this year the Twins have three logos in their marketing mix. The circular one shown on the left in the painting is celebrating fifty years of baseball in the Twin Cities. The smaller one in the upper right is celebrating the opening of Target Field. The one in the lower left is the new signage that is in center field of Target Field that shows the twin city dudes shaking hands. And lastly in the bottom right is the original Twins Cities logo. Putting a local Minneapolis hero Joe Mauer in front of the whole bunch is only right. The Twins should be fun to watch this year.

This Giclee print is for sale for $75.00. Email me at or leave a comment that you are interested with your contact information.

It is actually a lot of fun painting sports figures and events again mostly because I think it has been so long since I painted them. In the early eighties I did a lot of stuff for Viking players and every now and then I will see one of the old guys and say hi to them. Wes Hamilton who was an offensive guard at the time and is still local and has a painting of mine as well as defensive tackle Mark Mullaney. I saw Carl Eller the other day too. There were a few of them. I still have a Fran Tarkenton original that Fran signed. There were some real charachters in the day.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Favre Champions Self painting

This is a new painting I just had to do after the 2010 Minnesota Viking season ended. It is based on a picture I saw of Brett Favre on the ground during the Saints playoff game. All I could think of is what must be going through his mind in the final minutes of the game. So the poem goes with the painting on what a champion must be thinking about. When it is all said and done and the game is over, after you have done your best and you are out of time how do you will yourself and what thinking process must a champion like Favre go through to do it again.

I have made signed and numbered Giclee prints of this painting and they are available for $125.00 each. Free shipping of course. If you would like one email me at: and be sure to include your contact information.

I have been doing more and more sports paintings and with baseball starting soon look for more baseball art and sports paintings to appear here soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wolf on Lake

I enjoy camping in the Boundary Waters canoe area during the course of the year and the wolf population has enjoyed a healthy return. Though we do not see them in the evenenings we hear them conversing during the night. We also see their tracks in the daylight while fishing and enjoying shore lunches.

This painting was inspired by a visit to Lake Saginaga and I wanted to convey the vastness of the night with a wolf running across a frozen lake Saginaga with his shadow mirroring his gallop. Prints of this painting are available. Signed 14" x 34" prints on canvas are available of this painting for $125.00. Email if interested in purchasing.

Custer's Flags & Little Bighorn

George Armstrong Custer and the battle of Little Bighorn is still a fascinating event in American history for me. It was a watershed moment on so many levels that I continue to read every thing I can get my hands on that involves the events of that day in history.

I have painted Custers Personal flag which he carried in the later days of the Civil War and still survives today. This is because he did not bring it to the battle of little Bighorn but left it at the fort Abaham Lincoln. I have wanted to paint the 7th cavalry company colors as shown in this painting for some time and here it is.
Signed 16" x16"prints of this painting are available for $80.00. Email me if you are interested in a print.
Here is a recent oil painting of the first Minnesota's role at Gettysburg. I usually paint in Acrylic but I thought it was time for an oil painting. If you understand the history of the Minnesota First at Gettysburg it is nothing less than awe inspiring. The men of the 1st Minnesota are most remembered for their actions on July 2, 1863, during the second day's fighting at Gettysburg, where the regiment prevented the Confederates from pushing the Federals off of Cemetery Ridge, a position that was to be crucial in the battle.
Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, commander of the II Corps, ordered the regiment to assault a much larger enemy force (a brigade commanded by Brig. Gen. Cadmus M. Wilcox) telling Col. William Colvill to take the enemy's colors. The fateful charge bought the time needed while other forces were brought up. During the charge, 215 members of the 262 men who were present at the time became casualties, including the regimental commander, Col. William Colvill, and all but three of his officers.
The unit's flag fell five times and rose again each time. The 47 survivors rallied back to General Hancock under the senior surviving officer, Captain Henry C. Coates. The 83 percent casualty rate stands to this day as the largest loss by any surviving military unit in American history during any single engagement. The unit's flag is now in the Minnesota Capitol's rotunda.
Despite the horrendous casualties the 1st Minnesota had incurred, it continued the fight the next day, helping to repulse Pickett's Charge. The surviving Minnesotans just happened to have been positioned at one of the few places where Union lines were breached during that engagement, and, as a result, charged the advancing Confederate positions one last time as a unit. I have had the honor of viewing (see previous blogs) the captured Virginia battle flag captured by the Minnesota First during Picketts charge which currently resides at the Minnesota Historical Society. I have painted my versions of the Virgina flag and it prints are available..
Well it has been awhile since my last post and I have a lot to catch up on. I have a series of Ironclad ship paintings that I have put the finishing
touches on. The first is the CSS Atlanta. The view I chose for this painting was one from the bottom up that shows how the boat was constructed. It is very hard to find information on these ships which makes them fun to paint after the research is done. The CSS Atlanta, was a 1006-ton ironclad ram, and was originally built in Scotland in 1861 as the merchant steamship Fingal. In November 1861 she ran the blockade into Savannah, Georgia, with a large cargo of weapons and military supplies. After Union forces closed the exits from Savannah, preventing her further use as a blockade runner, Fingal was converted to an casemate ironclad and renamed Atlanta. She made her first appearance as a Confederate warship in mid-1862.

Atlanta made two efforts to attack Federal warships blockading the coast and rivers leading to Savannah. The first, in early 1863, was thwarted by obstructions blocking the route to the sea. In June 1863 Atlanta made her second attempt, targeting blockaders in Wassau Sound. There, on the 17th, she encountered the U.S. Navy monitors Nahant and Weehawken. In a brief battle, Atlanta went aground and was overwhelmed by Weehawken's superior firepower, forcing her to surrender.

The captured ironclad was taken into the Union Navy as USS Atlanta, commissioning for service in February 1864. She was stationed on the James River, Virginia, to support the operations of the army under General Grant. On 21 May 1864, she fired on Confederate cavalry that were attacking Fort Powhatan. A year later, with the Civil War over, Atlanta went north and decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June 1865. After several years "in ordinary", she was sold in May 1869. Reportedly, she subsequently became the Haitian warship Triumph and disappeared at sea off Cape Hatteras in December 1869.