Gun Hill, in Remington’s painting, Artillery on Gun Hill, isn’t a position in some battle in the Indian Wars or in some far-flung imperial action. Gun Hill is in the Bronx, in Van Cortlandt Park, where, for your information, you can still ride a horse. What Franklin Matthews describes and what Remington paints is part of an enormous military exercise conducted in New York in 1898, a mock battle in which 5000 troops took part while as many as 25,000 spectators looked on. As Matthews writes, it had been many years since a large American military force had seen real action and the generals felt it essential that the U.S. Army and National Guardsmen, and their officers, got a feel for the quick decision-making skills necessary in what we now call the fog of war. By all accounts, this meticulously planned engagement was very successful–and very timely. Within the month, the United States would be on the road to the Spanish-American War in Cuba and the Philippines–and to a new and vastly enhanced role on the world stage.
In very good condition. Slight foxing in the sky.
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