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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.

Thaddeus Lowe Demonstrates the Hot Air Balloon

Historical Information
A self-educated aeronautical scientist, Thaddeus Lowe began the war as a suspected spy. When he and his hot-air balloon landed in South Carolina a week after the firing on Fort Sumter, he was briefly held on suspicion of espionage. Appointed chief of army aeronautics by President Lincoln, Lowe became history's first aerial artillery observer. By war's end, his unique balloon corps had made more than 3,000 hot-air ascensions.

Date Created: 1991

Medium: oil on board

Image Size: 10" x 11-1/2"


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.