Men of The 14th

Gary Arens's avatar Gary Arens

My 2015 entry consists of two life sized Union soldiers in the midst of battle. It is my way to honor the men of the 14th Michigan Infantry 150 years later. One, being my great grandfather, Anthony Arens from Westphalia, Mi. He is in the standing position with his neighbor Henry Rochol kneeling next to him. Henry has his rifle leveled around the flag of the 14th pointing south according to the compass next to him. They lived just a few miles from one another prior to the war. Anthony mustered out on March 14th, 1865. The men of the 14th marched on to one of the last battles of the war. Henry Rochol paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life five days later on March 19th at Bentonville, North Carolina. Today , he is buried at the Raleigh National Cemetery. I was carving Mr. Rochols face 150 years later to the day of his death this past spring. The 14th lost 59 men in battle and many more due to disease to make a better country for all! Anthony returned home to raise a family and eventually become one of my ancestors.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6'
  • Medium: wood
  • Width: 4'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 6'