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c.1860s American Portrait & Rocker Civil War Widow Claire Hailer of Philadelphia

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c.1860s American Portrait & Rocker Civil War Widow Claire Hailer of Philadelphia We are offering This unique, early American oil portrait on canvas is of Claire Hailer, a Civil War Widow. She was a resident of Philadelphia, and her husband was killed at Salem Church, VAon May 3rd, 1863 during the Battle of Chancellorsville The frame is from Swain's Gallery in the 1950-60's as the label shows (see in photo): it probably was at this time thepainting was cleaned and relined. (We find no over paint or tears.) The paperwork from the descendant (a very elderly man), had misspelled Hailer, and is seen in the photos. The details on this painting are gorgeous, and the lace of her bonnet is beautifully rendered, along with the quiet - yet resolute - expression on her face. Included with the portrait of Claire Hailer, is Claire Hailer's rocker. The 1830's Boston rocker still has its original paint. This rocker is unique for the fact that it is wide between the arms, made to order specifically for Mrs. Hailer, who may have had a hefty beam herself. Approx. Dimensions of Painting: Canvas Height: 30" Canvas Width: 25" Frame Height: 34 1/2" Frame Width: 29 1/2" Condition: Great condition, painting has been relined. No holes or losses to the paint. Please see all photos for details Approx. Dimensions of Rocker: Height: 41 1/2" Width: 25 1/4" Depth: 29 1/2" Deck Height: 14 1/2" Condition: Age related cracks, scuffs and wear to the paint. Most of original paint is still there. Please see all photos for details. ***The price of the item does not include shipping. We are able to obtain hassle free shipping quotes from various shippers. In order to obtain a shipping quote, please message us with your delivery zip code. Unless otherwise stated, all shipping is handled by third party companies which are in no way affiliates of our company. In most cases, shipping fees are paid directly to the shipper of your choice. Standard delivery time for freight items is approximately 3-6 weeks but can be much sooner at times. Please message us with your delivery zip code for a quote.*** The exact skirmish which killed her husband is described below: General Wilcox moved his Alabama brigade from its position at Banks’ Ford to the Plank Road shortly after the Federals had captured Marye’s Heights. He then deployed his troops across the line of the Federal advance, three to four miles west of Fredericksburg, on either side of the Plank Road on a low wooded ridge. In Wilcox’s immediate front was a clearing where the Salem Church stood near the Plank Road. Behind the church was a schoolhouse. Wilcox posted his skirmish line about a mile east of his main line at a tollgate. By this time, McLaws’ and Mahone’s troops were coming into line behind the ridge, undetected by Northern observers. Wilcox extended his lines to overlap both Federal flanks. Brooks continued his advance at the head of Sedgwick’s marching column on the Plank Road. Sedgwick believed that he faced at most a brigade of infantry, since he had already ordered Brooks to brush aside any enemy troops in his front. At 3:25 p.m., the two Confederate guns posted at the tollgate opened fire at a distance of 800 yards. Brooks immediately deployed his men in battle formation on either side of the road, and the 2nd New Jersey was sent out in advance as a skirmish line. Two Federal batteries began answering Cobbs’ fire, and the Union line advanced, pushing the Rebel skirmishers back upon their main line. The Federals, confident that they would not meet with any stronger opposition, continued past the tollgate through the clearing and then entered the woods on either side of the road. To their shock, the Rebel battle line rose and fired upon them at point-blank range. When the Federals on the south side of the road came within range, two Alabama companies posted inside Salem Church and the schoolhouse also opened fire. The Union line halted at first, then swarmed around both buildings and pressed forward, capturing the Alabama troops as they went. At this point, Colonel Emory Upton led his green 121st New York Regiment in a charge upon the men of the 10th Alabama. As Upton moved forward, his horse was shot from under him, but he quickly sprang up and led his troops on foot. The 121st slammed into the Rebels, who soon broke for the rear. Two companies of the 8th Alabama, which was positioned alongside the 10th, faced to their left and fired into the New Yorkers’ flank, while the 9th Alabama, posted behind the 10th, rose up in line and fired into their front. The 9th Alabama countercharged and Upton’s regiment was smashed, losing 200 of its 453 men. As the 121st New York fell back, the 10th and 51st Georgia joined the 9th Alabama in the counterattack. The 14th Alabama threw in its weight as well, and the whole Federal line rolled back toward the tollgate, pressed hotly by the Confederate troops. The Federal artillery at the tollgate blasted the oncoming Southerners, first with shell and case shot, and then with canister as they got closer. The counterattack slowed, and the Confederates halted in their tracks, facing Union infantrymen who were poised and ready. Wilcox, seeing he could gain no more and that darkness was approaching, gave the order to fall back. (source: historynet) All California Residents must pay CA Sales Tax. LOC. HOUSE
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