June 4, 2021 — Philippe Regis De Trobriand was born in France on this date in 1816. He was educated in Paris and trained for a military career. In 1841, he traveled to the U.S., met and married a New York heiress, and worked as a journalist. He fought in the Civil War and was present when Robert E. Lee surrendered.

In August 1867, De Trobriand became commander of Fort Stevenson near present-day Garrison, and it was here that he tried his hand as an artist. He proved a natural and created an impressive body of work depicting North Dakota landscapes and Native American portraits.

Twenty-seven reproductions are on permanent display in the Ft. Stevenson Guardhouse near Garrison, and several originals are part of the main exhibit at the Heritage Center in Bismarck.

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