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Mort Kunstler signs prints in Orange this Saturday morning

 Sons of the South: Legendary Civil War artist Mort K^BENT^00FC^EENT^nstler will be in Orange on Saturday to release his latest work, 'Unconquered Spirit.'
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Date published: 9/16/2010


Mort Künstler, noted illustrator of Civil War themes, will release and sign his latest print, "Unconquered Spirit," in the town of Orange on Saturday morning.

Künstler's painting depicts an August 1863 scene wherein Confederate Gens. A.P. Hill, Robert E. Lee and James Longstreet meet in front of the 1859 Orange court house.

In the scene, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia has arrived in Orange from Gettysburg, Pa., where its invasion of the North has been decisively repulsed and has suffered heavy losses.

Starting at 10 a.m., Künstler will be meeting the purchasers of his print in the lobby of the same Orange County Courthouse on Main Street and signing their copies.

Hundreds of copies of the print have been pre-ordered, but it can also be purchased at the nearby King James Gallery.

Period music will be performed in the courtyard by Keith Walters and the Virginia Serenaders at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. An information station will be set up across the street in front of the Gordon Building where town walking tours will be organized.

Orange historian Frank Walker and several docents will be at St. Thomas Church to provide history of the area and the church, and to show the pew where Gen. Lee worshiped in the winter of 1864.

The Visitor Center at the train depot will be open with staff to greet visitors and provide restrooms.

Robin Knepper: 540/374-5000
Email: rknepper@freelancestar.com