The March 2018 meeting kicks off the new year of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Members: Please give your $25 dues to Gary Mester. Board of Directors: Please stay after for a meeting.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., March 13, 2018
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: Sculpting the Civil War
Gary Casteel, a nationally recognized sculptor, will describe the making of the Gen. Longstreet monument at Gettysburg; touch on sculpting the Civil War, in general; and discuss the National Civil War Memorial Commission. In addition, he is graciously donating a General Armistead sculpture to be included in the book raffle.
Gary Casteel, our speaker for March, can date his fascination with history and art to the fourth grade after seeing a picture of Michelangelo’s David, realizing that sculpting was the profession he wished to follow. While living and working in the United States and abroad, he searched for professional sculptors to enhance his abilities by apprenticing under the masters.
Casteel produced the General James Longstreet statue erected in the Gettysburg National Military Park. Since then, his work has become requested by the National Park Service, state and local governments, corporations, and private enterprises.
He was honored in 2000 by the National Civil War Memorial Commission with an invitation to design and sculpt a fitting memorial to honor those events and individuals, civilian and military, that comprise the story of the War Between the States. Casteel lives in Gettysburg and continues to pursue his love and life of sculpting.