Mort Künstler, the premier historical artist in America today, has focused on the Civil War for over twenty years. Immersed in a life-long research of the subject, he works closely with historians and scholars to ensure the historical accuracy of each painting. Collected in this volume, for the first time in his career, are more than 175 of Mort Künstler's major paintings chronicling the Civil War, in addition to numerous portraits, sketches, and studies. The text includes commentary by Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, James M. McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr.
Many of his most dramatic paintings depict critical battles--there are more than thirty-five paintings on the Battle of Gettysburg alone--but Künstler also humanizes the defining conflict of the United States. The portrayal of encamped leaders as they plot strategy, the struggles of daily life for soldiers far from home, and the romance of antebellum life, all contribute texture and detail to our understanding of Civil War.