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Just in, Civil War Art

 

 A rich Civil War heritage surrounds us here at Southern Creek Rustic Furnishings. Because of this, we have partnered with one of our vendors to bring a beautiful collection of confederate artwork to our showroom.

 

While the battles and skirmishes fought near here (our town was called “Fairview” before the war) never gained the notoriety of Gettysburg or other battles in the East, there was a considerable amount of military activity in our region of Arkansas.

Civil War Oil Painting

A few miles to our west is a little town now known as Cedar Grove. Thousands of people pass through it every year on their way to Greer’s Ferry Lake. Today it is little more than a church, a cemetery and cluster of houses and rustic barns. Once it was a thriving little town known as Alonzo. Alonzo was burned by Union forces during the Civil War and never really recovered.

 

The White River, a few miles to our north, was for several months the boundary between the North and South. The Union had occupied Batesville, and the Confederacy, under Col. Cleburne, kept watch on them from the south side of the river.

 

Skirmishes were fought throughout our area at places like Salado Creek, Dripping Springs, and what was then known as Searcy Landing.

 

Here at Southern Creek Rustic Furnishings, much of our furniture harkens back to a time when rustic was a way of life. That was a time when everything, from your furniture to your barn to your wagon wheels, was made of real wood. Many of the things we have displayed in our showroom would still be right at home if we could reclaim that bygone era.

Civil War Art Painting

So, it is only fitting that we include Civil War art in our gallery. We now have limited edition prints and giclees from notable artists Mort Kunstler and John Paul Strain.  These are not battle scenes. This artwork depicts the romance and tragedy of the era. Some are paintings of soldiers on parade in quaint, rustic towns. Others depict a husband leaving for war while his wife is left standing in front of their log cabin, rustic barn and primitive corral, which holds a single cow. Hide out and battle scenes of the War Between the States are certainly important works of art, but the artists we are showcasing have dug deeper, to explore the deep elements of human emotion. They have reclaimed for our consciousness the courage and sacrifice made by those left at home…the women of the Civil War.

 

Tony Thomas

 

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