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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.

Chamberlain and Staff

Historical Information

By the time of the Battle of Fredericksburg, professor-turned-soldier Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was showing distinct promise as a regimental leader, though his 20th Maine had seen no action.

Chamberlain watched anxiously as his regiment crossed the Rappahannock River. "The enemy's cannoneers knew the ranges perfectly" he wrote. "The air was thick with the flying, bursting shells; whopping solid shot swept lengthwise our narrow bridge...driving the compressed air so close to our heads that there was an unconquerable instinct to shrink beneath it."


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.