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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / The Civil War

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.



Steady, Boys, Steady! - limited edition print
July 3, 1863


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Reproduction technique: Fine offset lithography on neutral pH archival quality paper using the finest fade-resistant inks.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


Image Size: 8 3/8" x 24 15/16" • Overall Size: 12” x 28”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 1000
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 100

Historical Information
Shoulder to shoulder, the men in gray march into an inferno.

They are all Virginia's sons - the soldiers of Armistead's Brigade - and through the flame and smoke of battle on this third day at Gettysburg, they head resolutely toward the distant stone wall on Cemetery Ridge. This grand assault of 15,000 Southern soldiers - known forevermore as Pickett's Charge - will determine the outcome of this battle and seal the fate of the War for Southern Independence.

They are led by Brigadier General Lewis Armistead, who calmly places his officer's hat on the tip of his saber, and guides his men into the din and death of battle. When those before them fall, they will continue their march. When their ranks are thinned by shot and shell, on they will go. Across that awful killing field, over the splintered fences, up the ridge, to the stone wall - led by Armistead - they will go.

On that distant ridge, beneath a copse of trees, they will falter and fall - and among the fallen will be General Armistead. They will die - the brave dead in gray - as they have marched: shoulder to shoulder. And with them will die forever their dream of a Southern nation. "This is a desperate thing to attempt," an officer told Armistead before the deadly march began. "It is," Armistead solemnly agreed, "But the issue is with the Almighty; and we leave it in his hands."

Ever afterward, their final footsteps will be known as "the High Water Mark of the Confederacy."



 

 
All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2017. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.