John Paul Strain

Appearance and Signing

Meet Historical Artist, John Paul Strain
at King James Galleries of Winchester
for the release of his latest painting!

King James Galleries of Winchester
Sat., November 12th from 10 am - 3 pm
Sun., November 13th from 11 am - 3 pm

King James Galleries of Gettysburg
Remembrance Day Weekend!
Sat., November 19th from 10 am - 4 pm
Sun., November 20th from 11 am - 4 pm

The Virginia Reel

Christmas Eve 1862
The Virginia Reel
General J.E.B. Stuart, Mrs. Flora Cooke Stuart, Lt. R. Channing Price, General Fitzhugh Lee, Captain W. W. Blackford, Major John Pelham, Captain James Breathed, Sam Sweeney Christmas Eve 1862 - near Moss Neck Virginia

It was Christmas Eve of 1862.  Rich golden sounds from a great tent echoed throughout the snowy covered hills of General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry camp.  Banjo player Sam Sweeney and his musicians were entertaining General Stuart and his staff members along with Stuart's wife Flora, other wives, and sweethearts.  It was a night to remember with merriment, dancing, delicacies to eat such as chicken, turkey, hams, sweet potatoes, butter, 30 dozen eggs, apple brandy (saved for the occasion), whiskey, and a great bowl of eggnog.  Dancing the Virginia Reel was a highlight of the celebration.

However, General Robert E. Lee had given orders for a major raid by General Stuart's cavalry for Christmas Day.  As the band played on, only General Stuart and a select number of officers knew they would be in the saddle before daybreak on another dangerous expedition.  Not a word was said at the party about the impending raid.  Stuart was happy and cheerful as he enjoyed his moments with Flora.  

As dawn approached on Christmas Day the bugler sounded the call for boots and saddles.  Astounded to hear the orders, troopers had an hour to saddle, draw rations and pack ammunition.  As the sun rose above the horizon 1800 horsemen were on the move and crossed Kelly's Ford.  But thoughts of the season were still with the men, for it had been a night to remember.


200 S/N Paper Giclées - $225
50 Artist's Proof Paper Giclées - $325
Image Size 19 1/4" x 22 1/2"

95 S/N Studio Canvas Giclées - $275
15 Artist's Proof Studio Canvas Giclées - $325
Image Size 18" x 21"

65 S/N Classic Canvas Giclées - $525
15 Artist's Proof Classic Canvas Giclées - $675
Image Size 25" x 29"

15 S/N Executive Canvas Giclées - $1200
2 Artist's Proof Executive Canvas Giclées - $1400
Image Size 32" x 37 1/4"

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