To Fairfax For Christmas - Civil War Print by John Paul Strain

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Title: To Fairfax For Christmas
Fairfax County, Virginia, December 1861
Artist: John Paul Strain
Image Size: 19" x 23 1/4"
Overall Size: 24 1/8" x 29 1/2"
800 s/n Limited Edition
80 s/n Artist Proofs
Reproduction Technique: Fine Offset Lithography
Printed on 150# dull-coated art reproduction cover that is archival quality and neutral pH, using premium fade-resistant inks with multiple enhancement colors.
     By the winter of 1861, Brigadier General James Ewell Brown Stuart was well on his way to building a reputation as a fine leader of light cavalry.  Before the close of the war Stuart, known to his troops as JEB, had cemented his place in American History as our most famous cavalryman.  His career in the Confederate Army seemed to resemble the lavish writings of a romance novel rather than the story of an actual soldier.  There was a sense of chivalry and adventure that JEB Stuart personified.  A single glance as he rode by with his fine gold braided uniform, plumed hat and red lined cape, convinced everyone that here was a man with confidence unbounded, daring and bold.  He had a magnetic quality that earned him loyalty and devotion by those who followed him, and the respect and admiration of the Confederate high command.
     JEB always seemed to be of good cheer whatever the task.  Even as the air was full of hissing minie balls and exploding shells, his men would hear him humming a happy tune.  Having recently been engaged in the battle of Dranesville, on December 20th, JEB was ready to see his wife again and take part in the season's festivities.  When the duties of war subsided, JEB always enjoyed good music and the chance to gather with friends and family.  At a time of exciting new challenges, coupled with the uncertainties of a nation at war, this would be a special Christmas for JEB Stuart, one he would be spending with his loving wife Flora and their two children.