Mort Kunstler, LaGrange vs. LaGrange, 2015.
The Atlanta-Constitution reports that the 87-year-old Kunstler’s last painting honors the female militia that save a small Georgia town in 1865.
For his final major painting before retiring, famed history artist Mort KÃ¼nstler selected a fairly obscure Civil War event that occurred 150 years ago in LaGrange.
And, in the town a little more than an hour southwest of downtown Atlanta, the Troup County Historical Society will celebrate both the artist and the subject of his painting, the all-female Nancy Hart Militia, with a benefit event on Friday, April 17.
Guest of honor KÃ¼nstler, a resident of Oyster Bay, N.Y., will unveil the painting, â€œLaGrange vs. LaGrange,â€ and sign canvas-printed reproductions.
The tribute marks the 150th anniversary of the day when the arms-toting Nancy Harts marched to the edge of town to meet invading Union troops, led by the ironically named Wisconsin Cavalry commander Col. Oscar LaGrange. The face-off occurred about a week after the Appomattox surrender, but before word had traveled to the town. LaGrange pledged that if the women would put down their guns, he would not burn their houses.
â€œThe Nancy Harts story is unique not just to LaGrange, but also to the United States,â€ Troup County Historical Society President Jake Jones said. â€œ The charming town we enjoy today would not be the same if not for the bravery of these women.â€
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