If you look closely at Mathew Brady’s famous photographs of the “Mary Thompson House” soon after the Battle of Gettysburg in mid-July 1863, you will see a beat up doghouse at the back of the house (see blowup of a historic photo on this page). The American Battlefield Trust had fun recreating that doghouse as part of the restoration of Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters property at Gettysburg, including the Mary Thompson House, which the Trust acquired with support of its members and donors in 2015. However, we know nothing about the dog, whether there even was one at the time of the battle, and if it survived. To help us imagine what the dog might have looked like, renowned dog painter John Weiss partnered with the Trust and Lord Nelson’s Gallery in Gettysburg to create this painting. The image shows a dog that is a beagle-bulldog mix, common types of country dogs at the time, with an alert posture and startled facial expression looking to the west, which is the direction from which the first shots of the battle occurred and quickly came to overrun the property in some of the most intense fighting of the entire Civil War. The stonework behind the dog is faithful to the historic Mary Thompson house exterior which still exists today.