Candlelight and Roses by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

General J.E.B. Stuart at the Culpeper Ball on June 4, 1863. General Stuart is the center of attention as he enters, plumed hat in hand, and his wife Flora on his arm. All the young women are bedazzled at the appearance of the famous general as he is greeted by the Honorable John Pendleton, one of the leading citizens of Culpeper. Other couples continue to dance, still unaware of the arrival of the famed cavalry commander.

Gettysburg Address by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

When Lincoln was invited to make his speech, Americans were still trying to recover from the shock of 51,000 casualties incurred at the battle of Gettysburg a few months earlier. Lincoln did not scribble the speech on the back of an envelope as later mythologized, but had instead written it a week or two earlier on White House stationery, and then polished it at Gettysburg the night before the event. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 19, 1863, 15,000 people listened as Edward Everett delivered a rousing two-hour patriotic speech.

Col. Robert Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was the first volunteer black regiment raised in the North. The ranks were filled with former slaves and freedmen, all sharing the same dream of serving their country. Under the tutelage of its firebrand colonel, Robert Gould Shaw, the 54th became a model of perfection in drill and camp. Their true test came in battle, a suicidal assault on Battery Wagner on the South Carolina coast. Killed on the ramparts of the fort, Shaw was buried in an unmarked grave with the casualties of his regiment.

They Were Soldiers Indeed by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

The largest and costliest of the Seven Days battles near Richmond was Gaines’ Mill. Lee’s first victory came when the Texas Brigade broke the Federal line but incurred great losses in the process. The next morning, Jackson and Lee surveyed the ground where the Confederates had charged. Jackson exclaimed, “The men who carried this position were soldiers indeed!”

The High Tide by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

This print depicts the High Tide at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Most of the flags shown in this painting are standard Confederate battle flags, with the 9th Virginia Infantry seen in the center and the 56th Virginia Infantry found in the background. To the right, is the regimental flag of the 72nd Pennsylvania and the state issue flag of the 71st Pennsylvania. The 72nd was a semi-zouave regiment, but had lost most of their distinctive uniform by this time. The only remnants were the low, white canvas gaiters containing four buckles on each side.

Keep to Your Sabers, Men! by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

This painting depicts the charges of Wade Hampton and George Armstrong Custer on the East Cavalry Field on July 3, 1863. The two forces charged headlong at each other at about 3:30 in the afternoon. The Union charged northeast and the Confederates southwest, accounting for the sunlight coming from behind them from the west. They hit with such force that the impact of horses and men was heard a mile away, tumbling them end over end. Wade Hampton, the South Carolinian and chief lieutenant of J.E.B. Stuart, led the charge of the Confederates and was badly wounded in the ensuing melee.

Courage In Blue by Mort Kunstler - Civil War Print

Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862. At Fredericksburg, Chamberlain and the 20th Maine experienced sacrifice and defeat. The men from Maine pushed their way over the bodies of their fallen comrades to within a stone’s throw from the Southern line before they were forced to find cover on the littered slopes of Marye’s Heights. There they stayed in the bitter cold all night and all day, lying amid the bodies of the dead. Finally, on the afternoon of the next day, they were recalled for the retreat of the Federal army.


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