Brian Pohanka played Gen. Alexander Webb. He didn't have a speaking role but he's refered to as Gen Webb in one of the scenes following the repulse of Pickett's Charge.
I the VHS version of the movie and the book of Kunstler's art which was a campanion for the movie. The above picture is one based on scenes in the movie. As in the picture, the Gamble character wears a similiar hat, a white colar and black tie, a short jacket with a single row of buttons, and only the top button is buttoned. The Devin character wears forage cap with a small cavalry insignia and a field officer's coat with two rows of buttons.
In the Kunstler book no one in the picture is identified.
I met an old friend of his at LBH this summer who said that Pohanka had described himself to her as "the guy with the sword" in the scene with Buford's staff. I identified him in that scene by the sword and his beard. Didn't he play Webb in "Gods and Generals?"
The painting of Reynolds and Buford was done for the Army War College. Where any other officers of Buford's and Reynolds' staff identified?
This painting "There's the Devil to Pay" also appears in the Kunstler book, but none of the officers in the background are ID'd.
Pohanka was interviewed for the documentary on the making of the movie. He was listed as an historical consultant. He was wearing the uniform of a Brig Gen.
If you have the movie, look for the scene where General Armistead is laying mortally wounded. That scene fades to a scene where arms are being collected by Union troops. Pohanka is the Brig Gen who is handed three swords by a Union officer who calls him "Gen Webb."
I have what's called the "Limited Collector's Edition" of Gettysburg. This includes 2 VHS tapes for the movie, which includes some additional scenes, a VHS tape on the making of the movie, a CD of the sound track, 4 prints of photographs including the one of Buford and 4 of his staff, including future 7th Cav officers Keogh and Morrow, a map, a pouch containing a used minie ball, and the book of Kunstler's art. This book is the campanion to the movie.
The title of the book is "Gettysburg; the Painting of Mort Kunstler." The text is by James McPherson. The paintings include works done by Kunstler for the movie and works related to the battle which he seperately.
The painting I posted details from above is titled "There's the Devil to Pay," in The Civil War Paintings of Mort Kunstler--Volume 3: The Gettysburg Campaign." The painting is identified in the book as dating from 1990, which predates the movie. The text identifying Keogh is by Kunstler.
I suspect he did different versions of scenes and people at different times. There is one on page 28-29 called "Rendezvous with Destiny," dated 2007, where Buford pretty much looks like Buford, but there is nobody among the staff who exactly looks like any version of Keogh. There is another one called "Gen. John Buford" on page 39, dated 1992, that seems to have been done from the photo of "Buford's Boys." All the other paintings of Buford in that book are dated 1993, the year of the movie, and are clearly Sam Elliot. I'm guessing they were done for the movie companion, and the book I have is a compilation of Gettysburg paintings from that and other sources. The copyright date on the book I have is 2007.
I have noticed before that many of Kunstler's paintings of Gettysburg look more like the actors in the movie than like the actual people, Buford being the most obvious, since the real Buford had a much rounder face than Sam Elliot. And Chamberlain is Jeff Daniels, and Longstreet is Tom Berengar. I didn't realize Kunstler had done a companion book to the movie--that makes it all perfectly clear.
The one painting that I got to know and admire is J.K. Ralston's (1896-1987) "After the Battle". 1955 17'X4' in size. The painting in now at the Little Big Horn Visitors Center, MT. An exact copy, full size hangs in the 1899 Olive Hotel Lounge. If anyone passes through Miles City, MT, stop in and visit. Click on the image and view it at my site.
custerwest Guest reply #20 mentions the painting.
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"Now, Custer, don't be greedy, but wait for us." General Gibbon "No, I will not." Custer, noon, June 22, 1876 passing in review.
I have posted the index of Ralston's painting "After the Battle" Open up the picture page and click on the "Index of painting" button and you can have both windows open. Good information; all statements have a reference to where it came from.
Post by fiddlersgreen on Nov 30, 2008 13:10:12 GMT -5
To do an accurate painting during the climax of the battle on "Last Stand Hill", the Artist would have to show an incredible amount of gunsmoke which would hide or silouette most of the Soldiers. This would be hard to sell but I would love to see somebody try it.