High Command

Price: $250.00


by Mort Kunstler

Overall Print Size: 23½" x 24¼"

Edition Size: 800

In Richmond, it was the season of victory. Just weeks earlier in late June, a mammoth Federal army under General George B. McClellan was poised on the outskirts of the capital -- threatening the survival of Richmond and the Confederacy. A change in command had placed General Robert E. Lee in charge of Richmond's defenses and within a week, Federal forces had been driven away. The Capital had been saved. The dream of Southern independence remained alive. Now it was time for celebration and planning for the future.

On July 13 1862, General Lee -- now heralded as the hero of the South -- arrived at the Confederate White House to confer with President Jefferson Davis. Accompanying him was General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, the savior of the Shenandoah Valley, who would soon become Lee's indispensable right arm. At the White House the three would plan strategy for the defense of the South, now given new birth by the recent victories near Richmond. In the year ahead, Lee and Jackson would display military brilliance. Ahead lay the triumphs of Second Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Ahead too, lay the tragedies of Sharpsburg, of Jackson's death -- and the devastating defeat of Gettysburg. For the moment, however, Richmond was relieved, Southern hearts were full -- and the Confederate White House celebrated a glittering season of hope.

With the White House of the Confederacy as the back drop, this magnificent print depicts the men of the High Command - President and Commander-in-Chief Jefferson Davis (on the steps of the White House), General Robert E. Lee, Commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia, and Lee's Chief Lieutenant, General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.