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Little Round Top
The original oil painting was created by George Leo Frankenstein in the summer of 1866. It shows the rocky hill on the Gettysburg Battlefield known as "Little Round Top." From this location, the left flank of the Union Army held off the assault by Confederate troops during the Battle.
George L. Frankenstein
Frankenstein (1825-1911) was an artist and journalist. During the Civil War he served in the Commissary Department of the Union Army. After the War, he visited all the major Civil War battlefields to document on canvas those landscapes before they changed. He traveled over 3,000 miles, much of it on foot, painting scenes of Appomattox, Shiloh, Fredericksburg, Chickamauga and Gettysburg. He was unsuccessful in his attempts to have the government purchase his work as a collection and his paintings were eventually disbursed. Today, some are owned by the National Military Parks that they depict.