Panoramic View of Gettysburg Endorsed by General George G. Meade and Other Dignitaries
An extraordinary view of the Battle of Gettysburg, which would become Endicott's became all-consuming, leading him to become John B. Bachelder's obsession as a viewmaker and historian. Over the next 30 years, he devoted his life to researching the battle, documenting its most minute details, creating many other printed objects in his wake.
Bachelder arrived at Gettysburg a few days after the battle ended, where he began gathering information by touring and examining the battlefield on horseback, sketching, and interviewing witnesses and participants, for which this view is the first of his output. Covering all three days of battle (July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd), the view provides an extraordinary amount of detail.
The Meade endorsement reads: "I am perfectly satisfied with the accuracy with which the topography is delineated and the position of the troops laid down."
John Bachelder (1825-1894) was a painter, lithographer, photographer and historian. Early in his career he produced an important and appealing body of work depicting sites and cities in the northeastern United States. On his own initiative he traveled to Gettysburg immediately after the battle, where he spent no fewer than 84 days traversing the field, making sketches, and interviewing witnesses to the events. Later that year he published a spectacular and detailed bird’s-eye view of Gettysburg, his first published depiction of the battlefield. He went on to become the preeminent 19th-century historian of the battle and for years served as director of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association.