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2017 Christmas Ornament - So Close to the Enemy

ornament - $30.00


2017 Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament
So Close to the Enemy

We proudly introduce the Timber Ridge School 22nd edition Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament for 2017 titled So Close to the Enemy.

Historical Information

On December 12, 1862, as the massive Northern Army of the Potomac under General Ambrose E. Burnside prepared to assault the Southern lines at Fredericksburg, General Robert E. Lee concluded that he needed additional reconnaissance of the enemy – and decided to do it himself. He had no qualms about reconnoitering close to the Union position this time. Accompanied by his “right arm” – General Stonewall Jackson – and Major Johann Heros von Borcke, Lee moved cautiously through the snow toward Northern lines.

Mort Künstler's Comments

A great source of inspiration for my paintings has been the work of the highly esteemed author and historian, Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. His best-selling biography, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, is no exception. His account allowed me to paint a snow scene during daylight, which is a rarity for me. Lee's December 12th foray occurred at about midday. The morning mist had cleared and this enabled me to paint bright sunlight.

From the School

Timber Ridge School proudly presents limited edition Christmas ornaments featuring the artwork of renowned Civil War artist Mr. Mort Künstler.

Each ornament comes in a silver presentation box, with blue felt backing, silver cord, a certificate of authenticity and an ornament stand. Timber Ridge School is a licensed residential treatment and accredited educational program serving young men with a history of serious emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties. As a fundraiser the school creates a Christmas ornament featuring the art of Mort Kunstler, which is donated by the artist for this use.

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Mr. Künstler has been a very generous supporter of the School since 1996 by donating the use of a piece of his artwork for our ornaments. His tremendous support of our program was recognized in March of 2003 with the dedication of the Mort Künstler Residence Hall. We can't thank him enough for his partnership to the students and families we serve.

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments are earmarked for the improvement of campus programs and facilities.


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