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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.



Men of Valor - limited edition print




Image Size: 11 3/8" x 20".
Overall Size: 16" x 24".
1750 Limited Edition Numbered and Signed.
50 Artist Proofs Numbered and Signed.

It could be any battle at any time of the war. Young men stand in worn, faded butternut, arms at the ready. Farmers turned soldiers, ready for the chilling command, "Forward!" These lean, sun-burned soldiers embody the soul of the south, the best fighting men the Confederacy has to offer. They march where they are sent, without question, with an unswerving faith in the cause, their homes and the officers that lead them.

History will recall the battles and officers by name, but these stalwart men will remain almost nameless. Each will be remembered only as a small part of the whole. The soldiers knew this all too well, as one southern poet lamented:

"Only a private! his jacket of grey, Is stained by the smoke and dust; As Bayard he's brave, as Rupert he's gay, Reckless as Murat in heat of the fray, But God is his only trust!

Only a private! no ribbon or star, Shall gild with false glory his name! No honors for him in braid or in bar, His Legion of Honor is only a scar, And his wounds are his roll of fame!"

*excerpt from "Only a Private" by F.W.D., November 1861


 

 
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 © 2001-2018. 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.