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2020 Christmas Ornament – Bravest of the Brave
Black Horse Cavalry, Warrenton, Virginia, February 22, 1863

ornament - $30.00


2020 Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament
Bravest of the Brave

We proudly introduce the Timber Ridge School 25th edition Mort Künstler Collectible Ornament for 2020 titled Bravest of the Brave.

Historical Information

They composed a single company of the 4th Virginia Cavalry - but they were better known as the Confederate "Black Horse Cavalry." Raised in Virginia's Fauquier County, they had answered the Southern call to arms in 1861, and had immediately distinguished themselves in combat. At the Battle of First Manassas, their hammer-like strike against Federal troops at Cub Run had helped turn the Northern retreat into a panicky rout. Their calm courage under fire eventually earned them a unique post of honor: scouts to protective escorts for the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, and his irreplaceable "right arm," General Stonewall Jackson.

In the winter of 1862-63, their wartime duty had become personal: the war had come to their homes. A mammoth Northern army had poured into their native counties in a campaign to destroy Lee's army. Now, as the scouts of Lee's army, the Black Horse Cavalry did double duty, mounting repeated reconnaissance patrols, and pinpointing Federal positions. Deep snows and winter downpours left the roads in the Warrenton region almost impassable at times, but the Black Horse Cavalry always found a way through. When high waters flooded the region's waterways, they found a way across. When food and forage were dangerously low, they kept going. The troops of the Black Horse Cavalry, said their admirers, were "the bravest of the brave." In the winter of 1863, they kept Lee posted on the movements of the northern army, conducted countless bold raids - and captured hundreds of Northern troops. They defended their homes, served their commander - and did their duty.

On February 28, 1863, General Lee officially cited them for their efforts and sacrifices. The "bravest of the brave" - the Black Horse Cavalry - had lived up to their name.

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 presentation box, with blue felt backing, blue 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 student programs and facilities.


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