Lieutenant Colonel W. T. Poague, Artillery Man
Grooms’s sculptural framing for Poague’s portrait includes his cannon and the Confederate flag. A lawyer before the war, the Virginian served in the artillery, fighting under “Stonewall” Jackson and later commanded his own battalion at Gettysburg. Field artillery divisions consisted of several soldiers, horses, and special wagons for moving and firing cannon. Making artillery its own operation was a modern combat strategy. Poague survived the war and in 1903 wrote a Civil War memoir for his family, later published in the 1950s as Gunner with Stonewall: Reminiscences of William Thomas Poague.