RON TUNISON FINE PEWTER EDITION STATUE “FRIEND TO FRIEND - A BROTHERHOOD UNDIVIDED”

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Official limited edition Civil War Gettysburg Masonic sculpture by the famed military sculptor Ron Tunison, titled, “Friend to Friend ; a Brotherhood Undivided”.  The statue depicts wounded Confederate General Lewis Armistead placing his pocket watch in the hand of Union Captain Bingham with instructions to deliver it back home to his family.

This sculpture was produced in three district limited editions, each mounted on a mahogany wood base. The three editions were: bronzed porcelain edition (9500); fine pewter edition (5,000) and gold plated pewter edition (1,000).

This is the fine pewter edition, with a number of 2084/5000. This sculpture is in excellent and measures 8 3/4" x 6" at the base and has a height of approximately 8 ½".  Name plate reads, “Friend to Friend / a Brotherhood Undivided / MASONIC MEMORIAL MONUMENT / GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK / BY Ron Tunison / 1854/5000”.  Dated 1993, signed by the artist.

Lewis Addison Armistead (February 18, 1817 – July 5, 1863) was a career United States Army officer who became a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army. On July 3, 1863, as part of Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg, Armistead led his brigade to the farthest point reached by Confederate forces during the charge, a point now referred to as the high-water mark of the Confederacy. However, he and his men were overwhelmed, and he was wounded and captured by Union troops; he died in a field hospital two days later.

Henry Harrison Bingham (December 4, 1841 – March 22, 1912) was a Union Army officer in the Civil War, who received the Medal of Honor, for actions at the Battle of the Wilderness. After graduating from college Bingham accepted a commission as a first lieutenant for service in the Civil War. During the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1–3, 1863, he was serving as Captain and Judge-Advocate on the staff of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps. He was near the "Angle" where the Confederates reached their "High Water Mark" and received the personal effects from the mortally wounded Armistead. Bingham was a Mason (Chartiers Lodge #297, Canonsburg, PA), and the story of how he provided assistance to the dying fellow Mason was used in Masonic literature, and commemorated with the Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial at Gettysburg National Cemetery. Bingham did take Armistead's personal effects and forwarded them to his pre-war friend, Major General Winfield S. Hancock, as Armistead had requested. Bingham also was wounded on July 3, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. After the Civil War he was postmaster of Philadelphia from 1867 to 1872, a court clerk from 1872 to 1879, and a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1879 to 1912.

Ron Tunison (1947 – 2013) was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a scholarship student at the NYC National Academy where he continued his sculpting studies. He went on to become an internationally acclaimed sculptor of nine heroic bronze monuments: "General W. Crawford," near Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the “Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial" on Steinwehr Ave., the bas-relief "Delaware State Memorial" on Taneytown Road, and "The Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial" at Evergreen Cemetery. On the Antietam National Battlefield is Tunison's "Irish Brigade Monument." "The Bivouac" is at the entrance to the Civil War Soldier's Museum at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. "The Delaware Continentals" heroic size bronze of three advancing Revolutionary War soldiers stands atop a twenty-five foot granite pedestal in front of Legislative Hall at Dover, Delaware. At Ringgold Gap in Atlanta, Ga., is Ron's life-size General Patrick Cleburne. Dedication ceremonies for “General John Barry, U.S. Naval Commander”, took place May 10th, 2014 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Ron was the entrepreneur behind his own company Historical Sculptures, where he sculpted smaller statues.   [ld] [ph:L]

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