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Author Donating Civil War Painting To Vermont Statehouse

Artist James Hope
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Artist James Hope

A Vermont author who specializes in the state's role in the Civil War is donating to the Statehouse a painting of Vermont troops at the Battle of Bull Run, the first major battle of the war.
The painting was done by 19th-century landscape artist James Hope, who commanded a company of the 2nd Vermont Regiment, which fought at the Virginia battle in July 1861.

The painting depicts the Vermont troops in battle line firing at a distant enemy.

The painting will be hung in the Statehouse's Cedar Creek Room, which features other Civil War art and commemorations of Vermonters who fought in other wars.

A Statehouse ceremony to mark the gift from Howard Coffin is scheduled Jan. 25.

The artist was born in Scotland and came to Vermont as a young man.

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