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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.

Strike Up a Lively Air
Cashtown, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1863

"Without music we couldn't have an army," said Robert E. Lee. In the first year of the war, many regiments had bands and musicians who also served as stretcher bearers in battle. By 1863, men were needed to carry guns rather than to play horns and, especially in the Confederate army, most regimental bands disappeared or were consolidated into brigade bands.

Date Created: 1993

Medium: Mixed media

Image Size: 11" x 19 1/9"

Signature Location: Signed and dated lower left: M Kunstler '93


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 © 2001-2022. 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.