On July 1, 1863 over 158,000 men of the Union and Confederate Armies converged on the fields and hills near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After three days of horrific fighting, 51,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, missing or captured, and the Battle of Gettysburg had entered the American consciousness as a battle symbolizing the war itself.
Twenty years later, Paul Dominique Philippoteaux captured Pickett's Charge, the battle's most titanic struggle, on canvas and in a three dimensional diorama known as the Gettysburg Cyclorama. This 360-degree painting opened for public viewing in Chicago in 1883.
H. H. Bennett, Wisconsin's renowned landscape photographer, traveled to Chicago in the late 1880s to create a unique photographic record of the Cyclorama.
View Bennett's Cyclorama Images for a gallery of cyclorama images. When viewed left to right and top to bottom, the images are in order as one would have viewed the cyclorama.
Choose from the links below to view each scene separately.