For your consideration, we have Mort Kunstler’s “Jackson’s Funeral”, VMI, May 15, 1863, from the Last Tribute of Respect collection. This was painted in 2010. Signature edition framed, signed and numbered print 35/50 giclée on canvas. It has the print number SGS 35 with certificate of authentication. The print and frame are in excellent condition, no major wear or damage.
After being accidentally wounded by friendly fire during the Battle of Chancellorsville, “Stonewall” Jackson struggled for 8 days after an amputation, before finally succumbing to pneumonia on May 10, 1863. The artist has depicted the caisson adorned with mourning plumes and drawn by four horses. An honor guard comprised of VMI cadets acted as escorts. Various dignitaries and Mrs. Jackson are depicted in the art. During the American Civil War, railroads became a vital military asset, as well as a frequent target of destruction. One general who realized the value of commandeering railroad equipment, as opposed to merely destroying it, was Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. With nothing more at their disposal than the strength of man and beast, Jackson’s troops were able to disassemble, transport and reuse railroad equipment on many occasions. One of the most noteworthy of these incidents took place in Strasburg in September of 1861.
Mort Kunstler’s “Jackson’s Funeral” is a wonderful painting to have in any collection!