Cannonball reader Stephen Schultheis sent me some photos of his fantastic diorama of the Civil War battle of Pea Ridge, fought March 6-8 in northwestern Arkansas. The Union victory essentially allowed the Federal armies to recapture and hold the region for the rest of the War Between the States.
Here are some more photos, plus commentary from Stephen!
“Name is Stephen, born and raised and still living in a border state. I have been tied to the Civil War since before 5 years of age. Grew up learning more about the Eastern Theater, but being so far away from where I lived, the Western and Trans-Mississippi battles grew to take more of my interests of the war. I have visited many battlefields and always have a hard time pulling myself away from any display that resembles a diorama.
This being my first EVER diorama. It is one section of the battle of Pea Ridge in Northwest Arkansas, March 7th and 8th 1862. Precisely, my replica of the battle that formed to the north of the small town called Leetown. In the woods called, Morgans Woods and the Leetown road on March 7th. The diorama is 4 ft.by 4 ft. and it took me approximately 9 months to almost finish. I am still missing some important items such as battle smoke and a little snow on the ground and finish with some trim around it too.
I also used a few photos of the paintings of Andy Thomas to help in understanding how my layout would be. Mr. Thomas has done many fine works that involved Trans-Mississippi battles. And I used the Internet to help fill in other holes where I lacked information.
I prefer a variety of figures, that are 15mm. The ones used are Frontier, Minifigs, Peter Pig, Essex, Freikorp15 and some SM. It is hard to see many of the soldiers in the woods but according to war records, the sides had a hard time seeing each other in the woods due to it being thick with trees, underbrush and smoke.
So are we, Stephen, so are we! Feel free to send me photos of your next effort, and I will be happy to post them here on the Charge! Civil War miniature wargaming and diorama blog.