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"The Gathering Storm" - by John Paul Strain

Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Print

Being Released April 1st

Image size: 19 1/2" x 26"

Edition size: Only 650 signed & numbered prints

Price: SOLD OUT (when these are sold out they will only be available on our secondary market - call then for current price and availability--800-237-6077)

General Robert E. Lee near Salem Church Orange Plank Road, Virginia - November 20, 1862

Riding past the Salem Church along the Orange Plank Road towards the historic town of Fredericksburg Virginia, General Robert E. Lee felt the gathering of a storm. Reports from his scouts indicated that the Federal Army was massing across the Rappahannock River for another advance. As a northern front was soon to blow rain and then snow across the countryside, it was the job of General Lee commanding the Army of Northern Virginia, to somehow stop the new threat from the Federal Army.



General Robert E. Lee was up to the task. He was born the son of a Revolutionary War hero, General "Light Horse Harry" Lee, who was one of George Washington's cavalry commanders. Robert had been raised by his mother to revere and pattern his life after General Washington. He graduated at the top of his West Point class and distinguished himself in battle during the Mexican War. He had already successfully led his army in the Seven Days' Campaign, the Second Battle of Manassas, and the Battle of Sharpsburg.



As his mentor George Washington had led his country in a revolution for independence, General Lee believed it was his responsibility to do the same. General Washington wore three stars on his uniform signifying his rank, as did General Lee. Lee's horse Traveller was named for one of Washington's favorite mounts. It was said that Lee even packed one of General Washington's swords in his personal baggage for inspiration. As Washington seemed to have been protected during battle, receiving bullet holes in his uniform on a number of occasions, General Lee too never received a serious wound. On a personal reconnaissance to the front in the Second Battle of Manassas he returned with the mark of a Northern sharpshooter's bullet on his face. Most of his generals would either be seriously wounded or killed in the war.



It was now the plan of the Federal Army to mass 120,000 troops at Fredericksburg and overwhelm the Southern Army. But countering with 75,000 men, General Lee held the high ground. The audacity and brilliance of the commander of the southern revolution and his soldiers was about to be demonstrated. The battle of Fredericksburg would be General Robert E. Lee's and the Army of Northern Virginia's greatest victory.

 

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