Howdy from Texas!

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Hello everyone and howdy from Texas!

My name is Wade Dillon and I am an illustrator in San Antonio, Texas. Up until last September, I worked at The Alamo for nearly eight years, giving battlefield tours and ending my time there as a Supervisor to pursue illustration.

While my historical interest lies heavily in the Texas Revolution of 1835-36, I have been reading this forum frequently as my big interest in the Civil War lies in the history of the 54th of Massachusetts Regiment and Col. Robert Gould Shaw. You can blame the film GLORY for starting me on that path. And I have enjoyed reading James N. 's thread about his time on the GLORY set.

Last July, my wife and I road tripped from San Antonio to Charleston, South Carolina where on July 18th, we chartered a boat to Morris Island. We floated over the Battery Wagner site in water and got as close to the location on land as we possibly could. It was a truly surreal experience as we were the only ones on the island.

Here is a shot of us during our visit to Fort Sumter with Morris Island in the distance.
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Here I am on Folly Island on July 17th, close to where the 54th would've camped and waited to cross over to Morris. As it had done 155 years ago, there was a thunderstorm overhead. We got back to the vehicle before the rain hit.
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Next morning on Morris Island. Floating over the Battery Wagner site.
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Captain David Cook of Cruisin' Charleston was our guide. If you want to get to Morris Island, I highly recommend his services! You can find him on Facebook.
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Battery Wagner would've stood to my right in this photo, being underwater now.
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The story of the 54th of Mass. was a story that was near and dear to my mother's heart. She was the Civil War buff whereas I was the Alamo buff. While she is no longer with is, visiting Morris and wearing her reproduction 54th kepi felt like the right thing to do in keeping memories and history alive.
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I cannot wait to get back. It was a magical experience for my wife and I.

Now, I am working on a series of illustrations pertaining to the 54th of Massachusetts and hope to do one of the assault on Battery Wagner. Here are some of my latest illustrations pertaining to The Texas Revolution, The Final Stand of David Crockett and The Final Moments of James Walker Fannin Jr. Both were done in pencil, ink, and Photoshop.

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My apologies in advance for the photo dump. I am excited to to join and look forward to engaging here on the forum and branching into the Civil War.

All the best,
Wade Dillon
 

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Hello everyone and howdy from Texas!

My name is Wade Dillon and I am an illustrator in San Antonio, Texas. Up until last September, I worked at The Alamo for nearly eight years, giving battlefield tours and ending my time there as a Supervisor to pursue illustration.

While my historical interest lies heavily in the Texas Revolution of 1835-36, I have been reading this forum frequently as my big interest in the Civil War lies in the history of the 54th of Massachusetts Regiment and Col. Robert Gould Shaw. You can blame the film GLORY for starting me on that path. And I have enjoyed reading James N. 's thread about his time on the GLORY set.

Last July, my wife and I road tripped from San Antonio to Charleston, South Carolina where on July 18th, we chartered a boat to Morris Island. We floated over the Battery Wagner site in water and got as close to the location on land as we possibly could. It was a truly surreal experience as we were the only ones on the island.

Here is a shot of us during our visit to Fort Sumter with Morris Island in the distance.
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Here I am on Folly Island on July 17th, close to where the 54th would've camped and waited to cross over to Morris. As it had done 155 years ago, there was a thunderstorm overhead. We got back to the vehicle before the rain hit.
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Next morning on Morris Island. Floating over the Battery Wagner site.
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Captain David Cook of Cruisin' Charleston was our guide. If you want to get to Morris Island, I highly recommend his services! You can find him on Facebook.
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Battery Wagner would've stood to my right in this photo, being underwater now.
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The story of the 54th of Mass. was a story that was near and dear to my mother's heart. She was the Civil War buff whereas I was the Alamo buff. While she is no longer with is, visiting Morris and wearing her reproduction 54th kepi felt like the right thing to do in keeping memories and history alive.
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I cannot wait to get back. It was a magical experience for my wife and I.

Now, I am working on a series of illustrations pertaining to the 54th of Massachusetts and hope to do one of the assault on Battery Wagner. Here are some of my latest illustrations pertaining to The Texas Revolution, The Final Stand of David Crockett and The Final Moments of James Walker Fannin Jr. Both were done in pencil, ink, and Photoshop.

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My apologies in advance for the photo dump. I am excited to to join and look forward to engaging here on the forum and branching into the Civil War.

All the best,
Wade Dillon
Welcome ! Great photos and art work !
 

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Welcome from the Shiloh/Pittsburg Landing Forum and North Mississippi! No need to apologize for the photos as we love the opportunity to see new sites and areas.
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Greetings from Germany and welcome aboard from The Traveler's Companion and Other Notable Biographies forum, Wade! :smile: Never mind photo-bombing us - it's always enjoyable to see wonderful pictures.

Speaking of which: Great illustrations! Love the Alamo on both and am looking forward to seeing more out of your pencil/ink/Photoshop.
 
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Greetings from Germany and welcome aboard from The Traveler's Companion and Other Notable Biographies forum, Wade! :smile: Never mind photo-bombing us - it's always enjoyable to see wonderful pictures.

Speaking of which: Great illustrations! Love the Alamo on both and am looking forward to seeing more out of your pencil/ink/Photoshop.
Thank you! The first one is of the Alamo, the second is of the Lady of Loreto Chapel inside of Presidio La Bahia. Fannin's final moments had not been depicted accurately, so that is what I set out to do.
 


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