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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.

Flag and Union Imperiled, The

“This piece presented me with a problem in historical accuracy. I was commissioned to show both the firing on Fort Sumter and the flag in one painting, but the Union troops had been ordered below, to the lower decks of the fort during hte battle, and the flag was flying outside in the courtyard. In reading eyewitness accounts of the battle, however, I discovered that one man, a Sergeant Carmody, had defied his orders and gone up on the top deck where he found these artillery pieces ready for firing. Although it ordinarily took six to eight men to handle all this equipment, Carmody single-handedly went down the line firing one gun after another.”
- Mort Kunstler

Date Created: 1978

Medium: Oil on board

Image Size: 16 1/8" x 18"


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.