CHARLESTON, S.C., Mar. 19.--The cavalry charge by Gen. Wade Hampton and former Citadel cadets at Trevilian Station, Va., in 1864 is the subject of historical artist Mort Kunstler's latest painting. The work will be unveiled by Kunstler at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Daniel Library on The Citadel campus.
The nationally acclaimed artist will be the guest of honor at a reception given by the Daniel Library Friends, and he will autograph limited edition prints of the painting titled "The Charge at Trevilian Station." The Library will benefit from proceeds of the sale of prints which will be available for purchase. The event will be open to the public and free of charge.
In the spring of 1862, 36 cadets left The Citadel and joined with cadets from a military college then in Columbia (S.C.) to form The Cadet Company, or Cadet Rangers. The young boys fought in 16 battles of the Civil War as a part of the Sixth Regiment of South Carolina Cavalry. Gen. Wade Hampton, a South Carolinian, commanded the cavalry for Gen. Robert E. Lee.
"Mr. Kunstler's paintings of the heroes of both the Union and the Confederacy capture the pathos, courage and grittiness of a war that engulfed North and South," said Lt. Col. Angie LeClercq, director of Daniel Library.
Kunstler is known in art circles as "America's premier historical artist." His work has depicted American history from the era of the American Indian to that of the space shuttle. Today he is nationally acclaimed for realistic and detailed paintings of scenes from the War Between the States.
Kunstler is a former National Geographic artist. The postage stamp honoring black soldiers of the Old West was his rendition of a black soldier in the Cavalry's "Buffalo Soldier" regiment. His paintings have been featured in several publications including Gettysburg: The Paintings of Mort Kunstler. The publication was accompanied by a text by Pulitzer Prize winner and Civil War historian James McPherson and was the companion book to the motion picture "Gettysburg."
Kunstler's original paintings have sold for as much as $100,000. His home and studio are in New York.