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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.

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Historical Information

Sherman had long pondered the nature of this war. He had concluded that "we are not only fighting hostile armies, but a hostile people." Defeat of Confederate armies was not enough to win the war; the railroads, factories, and farms that supplied these armies must be destroyed. The will of the civilian population that sustained the armies must be crushed. Sherman expressed more bluntly than anyone else the meaning of total war. He was ahead of his time in his understanding of psychological warfare–and he was in a position to practice it. "We cannot change the hearts of those people of the South," he wrote, "but we can make war so terrible and make them so sick of war that generations would pass away before they would again appeal to it." In Tennessee and Mississippi, Sherman's troops had burned and destroyed everything of military value–and much else besides–that was within their reach. Now Sherman proposed to do the same in Georgia.


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.