Northern Lights by John Paul Strain, feat. Robert E. Lee

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Published from the Northern Lights original painting by John Paul Strain.
This new John Paul Strain, giclee canvas, features Robert E. Lee on Traveller is on exhibit at Ashley's Art Gallery near Raleigh, NC. 

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS Fredericksburg, Va. - December 14, 1862
The Northern Lights painting features Robert E. Lee riding down a creek on his horse Traveller.

Published in the editions below:
150 S/N Classic Canvas Giclées

Image Size 24" x 32 1/2"

15 S/N Executive Canvas Giclées - $1200
Image Size 29 1/2" x 40"

John Paul Strain is the premier American Historical Civil War artist who paints in the realist style.

Early in the Mr. Strains's career he painted landscapes, Native American scenes, as well as some historical World War ll battle scenes.
Now he paints mostly American Civil War related art.

General Robert E. Lee had a reason for hope at the end of 1862. The Battle of Fredericksburg had given the Confederacy a greatly needed victory. On December 13th, General Ambrose Burnside had thrown repeated attacks against Lee's impenetrable line on Mayre's Heights. In ponderous, deliberate waves, the Union troops had charged across a plain and into Southern shot and shell. Casualties were so heavy that the dead lay in heaps in front of the stone wall at the base of the heights. Burnside's troops had limited success against Stonewall Jackson's Corps, but were quickly repulsed. Clear days and freezing nights followed, and the field echoed with the pitiful cries of the wounded stranded between the lines. By nightfall on December 14, General Burnside had decided to withdraw his army from the plain and back to Fredericksburg.

It was an evening few on either side would soon forget. As Lee's soldiers worked on improving their defenses, Union troops slowly carried the wounded and dying from the field. At nightfall, the toil of both armies was suddenly illuminated by a celestial phenomenon - the Northern Lights - which cast the Virginia countryside in an unearthly glow. Few men from the deep South had ever seen the Northern Lights, and most stared in wonderment. Was this fantastic display a sign of Confederate triumph?

General Lee and his staff rode along Telegraph Road past Howison's Mill, where his reserves had gathered before going to Marye's Heights. The frigid water of Hazel Run cooled the riders while Lee, deep in thought, focused on tomorrow. The night's chill and splendid display did not distract Lee form his preparation for another day of battle.

Artist's Comments:

"I wanted to capture that incredible moment in time when the Northern Lights left its memory forever in the soldiers who fought at Fredericksburg. While doing the research for the painting, I found that the location of Hazel Run has changed over the years. The small stream now flows more closely to Mayre's Heights. With the help of historian Noel Harrison, the location of the Howison Mill site was determined. I'm excited to be able to bring this part of American history to life."

This looks like one of John Paul Strain's top releases in recent memory.
This painting was previously published as a paper print, this was before the onset on the superiour giclee canvas technique.

Canvas Giclées - Sure to sell out quickly - Free Shipping does not apply to the framed canvases.

150 S/N Classic Canvas Giclées - $525
15 Artist's Proof Classic Canvas Giclées - $675
Image Size 24" x 32 1/2"

15 S/N Executive Canvas Giclées - $1200
5 Artist's Proof Executive Canvas Giclées - $1400
Image Size 29 1/2" x 40"