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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.

First to the Guns
Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861

Only three weeks after Bull Run, the first major Civil War battle in the West was fought at Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Missouri. Confederate Colonel James McIntosh, above, led a charge of the Third Louisiana Infantry against a Union battery, an incident that helped turn the battle in the Confederate's favor. A few months later, at Pea Ridge in Arkansas, a Northern army defeated the Southerners and kept Missouri in the Union.

“In the first major battle of the western theatre, a Louisiana brigade, carrying their state 'pelican' flag overran a federal artillery position and helped turn the tide into another victory for the South.”
- Mort Kunstler

Date Created: 1992

Medium: Oil on canvas

Image Size: 18" x 30"


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.