The Civil War Chess Set

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A set for a good friend of mine. Its also a big one. The Board measures 36” square and features a hand drawn era type Battlefield map of Gettysburg. The four corners feature a period cannon, cannon made from Walnut then stained ‘black’ board is made from Hard Maple.

Pieces include Mr. & Mrs Lincoln and Mr. and Mrs Davis for kings and queens, Abe standing about 8” tall. The bishops are four generals, Lee, Jackson, Grant and Meade, (Grant is holding a whiskey bottle behind his back) knights are ‘riderless’ horses and the rooks are period wheelchairs on brick pedestals. The pawns are foot soldiers. All the pieces are individually hand carved from solid Hard Maple (the pawns took longer then the playing pieces did!) Pawns about 4” tall.

Next up, The War of 1812 Chess Set. Been working on that set for awhile now…need to get it finished up and posted.


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#1 posted 04-02-2010 03:50 PM

Wow! that is a beautiful chess set.

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 04:00 PM

I agree! That is awesome! I’m anxious to see who you selected for the kings, queens, and bishops for the 1812 set. You chose well for the Civil War set.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 04:06 PM

Wow, Chessmkr, that is some set. I’m glad I posted my set before I ever saw any of yours, or I probably wouldn’t have posted ;) Yours are truly works of art – keep it up and thanks for sharing!


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#4 posted 04-02-2010 04:09 PM

Another outstanding chess board! The cannons are as impressive as the playing pieces. I’m looking forward to the next one. Very well done and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 04:09 PM

Another AWESOME chess set! I think the cannons are a great addition. I enjoy your chess sets so much because of all the extra details. They aren’t just a board with pieces, they are so much more :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 04:32 PM

I love these theme chess boards. They are really really awesome. Great job

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#7 posted 04-02-2010 04:37 PM

wow, that is a fine looking chess set… well done…

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#8 posted 04-02-2010 04:46 PM

Very awesome ~~~ I love the whole display the cannons on the corners make it so unique….. Great Job! I would love to see a few pictures of the playing field if you have any to post that would be great thanks

here is a chess table that you might also like…

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#9 posted 04-02-2010 05:37 PM


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#10 posted 04-02-2010 05:37 PM

You have a special God given talent for what you do. Very impressive and beautifully done.

God Bless

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#11 posted 04-02-2010 06:04 PM

I am a big fan of your sets, thanks for all the inspiration! Truly awesome work!

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#12 posted 04-02-2010 06:34 PM

I’ve never clicked on one of your projects before.

Why? No reason. Just … haven’t.

But you’ve done what many consider impossible: left me looking for words !!

I would REALLY LOVE to see more pictures of this—details of the figures, the map … whatever you can post.

This is truly exquisite work. May our country … our world … never run out of craftsmen like yourself.

Bravo, Sir. Truly … Bravo !!!

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 04-02-2010 07:28 PM

I wish my friends made things like this for me. Amazing work.

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#14 posted 04-02-2010 07:38 PM

love it!

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#15 posted 04-02-2010 08:03 PM

A North Carolina boy that calls it the Civil War, I thought all my brethren referrred to it as the war of Northern Aggression, or at very least the War Between the States, anyway a fine masterpiece by a master congrats I wish i had half the talent.

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