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Randy Groves Earle Hagen

The Online Gallery of Randy Groves

Heroes on Land and Sea
Civil War Woodcarvings by Randy groves of

General Nathan Bedford Forrest
General James Longstreet
Captain Horace Lawson Hunley

Sculptures Themes

Other Civil War

Memorable Moments

General Winfield Scott Hancock
July 3, 1863

69th Pennsylvania Infantry
meets Pickettt's Charge

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
President Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
The Great Emancipator

Moments of Human Glory and Pain

Pickett's Charge
"Colors Forward!"

brothers on opposing sides
"Bitter Reunion"

Pickett's Charge
"High-Water Mark

General Nathan Bedford Forrest

This work is hand carved from a single piece of Butternut wood and mounted on a Walnut base with a brass plaque identifying the subject.

Known as the greatest Civil War cavalry commander on either side General Forrest was consistently victorious over superior forces. Although he had no military education whatsoever, his tactics were innovative and sound.

Nathan Bedford Forrest

He became active in politics following the war and was the first Grand Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan. Although the Klan was initially formed to protect Southern whites from bands of marauding ex-slaves, Forrest resigned when the Klan began using violent intimidation tactics against peaceful blacks.

The piece is currently on display at Codori's on the Square, Gettysburg PA.

General James Longstreet

This woodcarving depicts Lee's "Warhorse," General James Longstreet CSA, as he stands watching the preparations for Pickett's Charge.

The figure is in Butternut wood and mounted in front of a Cedar fence on a Walnut base.

James Longstreet

The carving is in a private collection in Ohio.

Captain Horace Lawson Hunley

As Charleston, South Carolina was tightly blockaded by the Yankee fleet, Captain Horace Lawson Hunley came up with the idea of building a boat that could travel under water in order to blow up the blockaders. He designed and built the world's first submarine out of boiler plate.

Hunley was drowned along with his crew in an accident during the final testing of the craft. The submarine, christened The Hunley, was retrieved, refitted and manned by a new nine man crew. This crew eventually blew up the Yankee warship Housatonic using an explosive charge attached to a long spar.

Horace Lawson Hunley

The Hunley's crew signalled the shore batteries, using signal lamps, that they had survived the explosion but the vessel and crew were never seen or heard from again. The Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy warship.

The Hunley was recently discovered on the bottom just outside Charleston harbor and has been raised. The submarine is currently undergoing restoration in Charleston.

The carving depicts Captain Hunley, in butternut, standing beside a Maple table with a miniature blueprint of the submarine. Other blueprints are rolled up and held in the crook of his arm.   The figure stands on a Walnut base with a brass name plate.

This piece is on display at the Southwood Sculpture Studio.

Other pieces from the CIVIL WAR series

(click image to view details and images of the sculpture)

Irish Brigade Monument sculpture
Irish Brigade Monument
in Bronze & pecanwood

Robert E. Lee sculpture
General Robert E. Lee in bronze and White Marble; Relief in Bronze, Marble and Pecanwood

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain sculpture
Joshua Lawrence Chamverlain bust
in Bronze, White Marble & Pecanwood as well as figure at Little Round Top

Civil War Desktop Pieces
Chamberlain, Lee, Lincoln, Longstreet, Jackson

of John Rogers