“Rally on the Battery”

Middletown Cemetery, The Battle of Cedar Creek
Commentary by Keith Rocco

This exclusive print, “RALLY ON THE BATTERY!” (or “In the Rough and Tumble”) — which was produced for the Cedar Creek Battlefield Park for one of their wayside exhibits — is yours with your gift of $100 or more to save four battlefields.

Keith Rocco Painting
“RALLY ON THE BATTERY!” by Keith Rocco depicts the land the Civil War Trust is saving today in the background. (Keith Rocco)

Enjoy artist Keith Rocco's commentary:

“I was very excited to have the opportunity to create this painting for the National Park Service seeing that the battlefield of Cedar Creek is a mere 20 miles from home and a site that I have often visited and brought family and friends to.

“One of the most critical and stirring moments of the battle occurred near the Middletown Cemetery (modern Mt. Carmel Cemetery). There, a small part of the Union army conducted a determined holding action against overwhelming odds. This included a desperate hand-to-hand struggle over Battery M, 5th United States Artillery, which is vividly described in the following Union account:

“[The Confederates were] coming on ... there was an officer leading them, and I distinctly hear him shout: “Rally on the Battery! Rally on the Battery!” ...in a second they were amongst us, amid smoke, fog, wreck, yells, clash and confusion which no pen can depict and no pencil portray. It was now man to man, hand to hand, with bayonet and musket butt on their side and revolvers, rammer heads and handspikes on ours!

“But just at this supreme moment their advance line reeled and wavered, 80 or 100 of the Vermonters charged in and drove the enemy out of the Battery at the point of the bayonet ....”

“It was this critical moment which my painting depicts. The men of the battery tenaciously cling to their guns while Confederates begin to overrun the battery. At that same moment the famous Vermont Brigade can be seen rushing over from the right (just above the limber in the foreground) to begin their counterattack.

“This painting will eventually appear on site just outside of the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, and will help interpret the 1864 view shed, which is now obscured by the growth of non-historic vegetation.”

Secure your copy of this exclusive print today!

Donors of $100 or more will receive a 25” x 16” full-color print on premium matte paper, hand-signed and numbered by the artist, shipped to you in a protective sleeve, ready for framing.

Donors of $500 or more will receive an artist’s color giclée on a 30” x 17” canvas. You will be proud to display this work of art in your home or office, and show that you are a leader in saving America’s battlefields.

But supplies are limited, so please respond today!

IMPORTANT NOTE: While these prints are not being offered for sale to the general public, similar high-quality prints do have a market value recognized by the IRS. Therefore, if you elect to receive one of the paper prints for your gift of $100 or more, the first $35 of your gift cannot be counted as being tax deductible. If you elect to receive one of the canvas giclées for your gift of $500 or more, the first $200 of your gift cannot be counted as being tax deductible. Thank you!

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