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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.

Grierson's Butternut Guerrillas
Newton Station, Miss., April 24, 1863

Historical Information

Early on the morning of April 24, 1863, a gray-clad band quietly rode into Newton Station, Mississippi. No one suspected the trouble that these men would be causing the enemy - not the Union, but the Confederacy! They were the Butternut Guerrillas, Union soldiers dressed as Confederates, and the advance part of Colonel Benjamin Grierson's raiding force of seventeen hundred men. At Newton, the guerrillas captured one train, and then pounced upon another, destroying vital supplies meant for Vicksburg. Then they raced into Louisiana. After a ride of six hundred miles in sixteen days, during which the guerrillas wreaked havoc, only twenty-six were killed, wounded, or captured.

Date Created: 1991

Medium: oil on canvas

Image Size: 28" x 38"


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