: This 1886 oil on canvas painting depicts the Battle of Thompson's Hill, a Civil War battle which took place in early May of 1863 in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Union artillery can be seen in the foreground mounted on horses with the artillery caisson (vehicle) and equipment. In the background, there are three buildings behind a stone wall, including a large red brick home and two other gray buildings. Behind the buildings in the distance, there are trees and hills. Ohio native Owen J. Hopkins, who fought in the battle as Corporal of the 42nd Ohio OVI, painted the landscape around 1886.
Hopkins (1844-1902) grew up in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He enlisted as a soldier at the age of seventeen and saw four years of fighting during the Civil War with the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and 182nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was appointed Corporal of the 42nd in January of 1863, and was promoted later that year to Sergeant and then Quartermaster Sergeant. In addition to his military service, Hopkins was an artist and an engraver. Many of his paintings are based on memories from the Civil War. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL02644 Subjects
: United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 42nd (1861-1864); United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 182nd (1864-1865) ; Soldiers--Ohio; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Painters--Ohio Places
: Bellefontaine (Ohio); Logan County (Ohio); Port Gibson (Mississippi)