The Virginia Reel by John Paul Strain
Signed & Numbered Studio Canvas
Image Size 17" x 27 1/2
This canvas is stretched.
General J.E.B. Stuart, Mrs. Flora Cooke Stuart, Lt. R. Channing Price,
General Fitzhugh Lee, Captain W. W. Blackford,
Major John Pelham, Captain James Breathed, Sam Sweeney
Christmas Eve 1862 - near Moss Neck Virginia
Canvas Giclées are published in the editions below.
95 S/N Studio Canvas Giclées - $275
15 Artist's Proof Studio Canvas Giclées - $325
Image Size 17" x 27 1/2"
65 S/N Classic Canvas Giclées - $525
15 Artist's Proof Classic Canvas Giclées - $675
Image Size 20 1/2" x 33"
15 S/N Executive Canvas Giclées - $1200
2 Artist's Proof Executive Canvas Giclées - $1400
Image Size 24 3/4" x 40"
Archival Paper Giclées
200 S/N Paper Giclées - $225
50 Artist's Proof Paper Giclées - $325
Image Size 18 1/4" x 29 1/2"
It was Christmas Eve of 1862. Rich golden sounds from a great tent echoed throughout the snowy covered hills of General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry camp. Banjo player Sam Sweeney and his musicians were entertaining General Stuart and his staff members along with Stuart's wife Flora, other wives, and sweethearts. It was a night to remember with merriment, dancing, delicacies to eat such as chicken, turkey, hams, sweet potatoes, butter, 30 dozen eggs, apple brandy (saved for the occasion), whiskey, and a great bowl of egg nog. Dancing the Virginia Reel was a highlight of the celebration.
However, General Robert E. Lee had given orders for a major raid by General Stuart's cavalry for Christmas Day. As the band played on, only General Stuart and a select number of officers knew they would be in the saddle before daybreak on another dangerous expedition. Not a word was said at the party about the impending raid. Stuart was happy and cheerful as he enjoyed his moments with Flora.
As dawn approached on Christmas Day the bugler sounded the call for boots and saddles. Astounded to hear the orders, troopers had an hour to saddle, draw rations and pack ammunition. As the sun rose above the horizon 1800 horsemen were on the move and crossed Kelly's Ford. But thoughts of the season were still with the men, for it had been a night to remember.