Gettysburg: The Paintings of Mort Kunstler/James M McPherson, foreword by Martin Sheen. Turner Publishing. Hardcover. First edition 1993. Out of print. Condition: As new. ISBN 1878685791
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and a celebrated Civil War artist combine talents to provide a stunning visual account of the landmark battle that changed the course of American history, in a book published to coincide with the motion picture “Gettysburg”.
With his paintings Mort Kunstler has attempted to show how the conflict would have been witnessed through the eyes of an artist, whilst a running text by historian James McPherson explains, in a clear and simple way, the basics of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Covering virtually every significant aspect of the battle and many of its protagonists, the paintings begin with Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania, continue with illustrations of the fighting over each of the three days and conclude with a portrait of Lincoln delivering his famous address.
Detailing the men, their uniforms and weapons, and the terrain over which they fought, the paintings are fully indexed at the end of a book that combines artistic imagination and a sense of American history to capture much of the Battle of Gettysburg and provoke thought and reflection on the significance of this moment.