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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.

Stuart's Ride Around McClellan - limited edition print
June 13, 1862

Paper Signed & Numbered - $0.00
Paper Signed Artist's Proof - $650.00



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The Official Lee's Lieutenants Series - Second in a Series of Six Limited Edition Prints


Paper Prints
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: 11-3/4” x 29” • Overall Size: 15-1/4” x 32”
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 1750
Signed Artist’s Proof • Edition Size: 75

Mort Künstler's Comments

How do you best depict General J.E.B. Stuart, the South's most famous and flamboyant cavalry commander? That's the question I had to ask myself as I prepared to paint the second limited edition print in our Lee's Lieutenant series. I knew I wanted to paint Stuart - but how? In what setting? After giving the question some thought and doing some research. I decided there was no event that better typified the daring J.E.B Stuart than his famous "Ride Around McClellan" in 1862.

General Lee, who had just taken over command of the army in defense of the Confederate capital, ordered Stuart to "gain intelligence for the guidance of future operations" against General George B. McClellan's gigantic army, which was threatening Richmond from Virginia's Peninsula. So, taking about 1,200 of his finest cavalrymen, Stuart set out on June 12, 1862, heading Westward as if he and force were moving to the Shenandoah Valley to reinforce Southern troops there. A day later, on the morning of June 13, 1862, he changed direction and headed eastward - and then his men knew that Stuart was leading them in a dangerous, risking raid against McClellan's powerful army. It was a dramatic moment, and I like the way Historian Douglas Southall Freeman describes it: "The moment it turned toward the East, a stir went down the files... the men had suspected that McClellan's flank was their objective, and now they knew it. The day for which they had waited long had come at last. They were to measure swords with the enemy."

In Stuart's Ride, I tried to capture the drama of that moment. Stuart rides at the head of his troops, his ostrich plume is in place and his red-lined cape is flapping behind him. As the column cuts across a grassy pasture heading for roads eastward, the early morning sun highlights Stuart's face and the unfurled battle standard behind him.

Riding closely behind Stuart is Major Heros Von Borcke, Stuart's towering German aide. directly behind the flag bearing corporal is none other than John Mosby, half aide, half courier, already showing the qualities that would bring him future fame. Leading the second group of riders, under the first national flag, is General lee's son, Colonel "Rooney" Lee of the 9th Virginia Cavalry. I have tried to capture the determination of these young soldiers as they set out on a daring raid against a vastly stronger enemy.

It wasn't until June 15th that Stuart returned to headquarters, bedraggled but triumphant and full of information. Stuart's Ride made General J.E.B. Stuart the most famous cavalry officer of the Civil War. But more importantly, Lee gained the confidence in Stuart to where he truly became the eyes of Lee's army.


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.