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The Paintings

A series of three paintings depict the events of October 10th, 1862, when Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, 1800 mounted cavalry, and four cannons raided the town of Mercersburg. During the two-hour raid, they "purchased" hundreds of pairs of shoes, and foodstuffs, and took nine Mercersburg residents as prisoners.

The series was created by renowned Historical artist Ron Lesser to commemorate the "140th anniversary of J.E.B. Stuart's Raid through Mercersburg"

Recognized as one of the premier visual historians of frontier America, his works are prized by Individual art collectors and corporations all over the world.

He is best known for his attention to detail and historical accuracy. His paintings are the result of painstaking research and his god given talent to render the human condition and the world we live in with uncompromising realism.

Not satisfied to simply bring to life important historical events, Ron Lesser seeks to portray in each of his paintings "undiscovered truths" that change our view of the past and rewrite history for the future.

Special Recognition

The Artist wishes to recognize and thank the following for their contribution to the series' historical accuracy:

Bob Trout -- Respected Civil War Teacher, historian, and author of numerous books on J.E.B. Stuart and his Cavalry, including "They Followed the Plume": The Story of J.E.B. Stuart and His Staff.

John Thompson IV -- The author of the definitive work on the raid on Mercersburg, "General J.E.B. Stuart's Raid through Mercersburg".


"The Genius is in the Details"

Civil War paintings are prized for their realism, composition and Historical accuracy.

In the tradition of the grand masters of Civil War Painting, Ron Lesser has created a moment in Mercersburg's history -- so real and compelling that you think you are actually there.

"You can almost hear the rumble of the cannons and the collective breath of the Confederate's magnificent horses as the spirit their way toward you."

Ron captures the rainy fall day perfectly, from the leafless trees to the sparse grasses. He paints the light dispersed by the rain clouds from slightly behind the figures, as the cavalry rides north. The horse's hooves spray mud everywhere, as it had been raining all morning. Even the chill of the day is captured on the visible breath of the horses.

The uniforms, military hardware, and personnel are perfect.

From General Stuart's red lined cape and somewhat wet, plumed hat, to the red ribbon rosette on his left lapel. This detail, although known to his family, has never been included in a painting of Stuart before -- an historical first.

Each officer's face is a "portrait". Compiled from rare, period photographs and descriptions.

Ron's attention to Stuart's staff attire is no less disciplined. From Col. Butler's buff collar with three stars and Confederate kepi, to General Hampton's muttonchops and handlebar mustache.

The Confederate cavalry are painted accurately with both blue and gray uniforms -- history tells us that many of the rebels had "acquired" blue Union topcoats along the way.


In addition to their role in the 140th Commemoration, these paintings become important historical documents for the Town of Mercersburg. Recording for future generations -- young and old -- those events that shaped town's history.