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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / A New Nation

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.



Morgan's Rifles






Historical Information
in June 1775, the Continental Congress ordered the formation of ten rifle companies from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Virginian Daniel Morgan, who had served as a wagoner for the British army during the French and Indian War, raised a company of sharpshooting frontiersmen from Virginia in approximately ten days and headed to Washington's headquarters at Cambridge. The rifle companies' Pennsylvania rifle - with its long, light, spiral-grooved barrel - was more maneuverable and accurate at longer distances than the British musket, which made it advantageous in guerrilla tactic.

Date Created: 2013

Medium: Mixed media

Image Size: 14" x 11"

 

 
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 © 2001-2020. 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.