Charles Henry Gifford, born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, enlisted in the third regiment of MVM (Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry) which was recruited in Fairhaven. He was captured and taken prisoner along with 14 others and carried to Richmond, VA where we was imprisoned at Petersburg. After he returned home he again enlisted as a member of the 23rd unattached company of Massachusetts Infantry for 100 days.
After the war Gifford only wanted to paint with nature as his teacher. As the years passed his work was sought after; and he is best remembered for his marine paintings. His work is featured in the New Bedford Art Museum and Peabody-Essex Museum, Dartmouth College, Addison Gallery of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery and the Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.
19th, 20th & 21st Century American Paintings