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The Roads to Manassas in Art

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

Brian Kammerer will offer a unique perspective and visual interpretation of the “Roads to Manassas.”  Brian’s paintings include incredibly intricate and detailed images of the early preparations, camps, and troop movements leading to this first great battle of the Civil War.  Utilizing a ¾ overhead view, Mr. Kammerer provides a colorful and informative journey, beginning with the firing on Fort Sumter.  The citizens of both North and South are followed as they rally to their colors. A PowerPoint presentation of 150 images will illustrate the talk.


The Civil War questioned the issue of states’ rights, but it also addressed that of slavery and the role of African-Americans in our evolving culture.  Throughout his paintings, Mr. Kammerer shows the daily labor of all people—free or slave.  On this holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded not only of the issues that caused the Civil War, but also the civil rights for which it was eventually fought.


Mr. Kammerer is a well-regarded professional artist whose projects involve both commercial commissions and historical themes.  He is a longtime member of the Civil War Roundtable of Fairfield County.  He graduated from Denison University with a BA in History and Film and a minor in Art.  Among his credits is the film The Other Great Locomotive Chase, which he wrote, produced, and directed.  This project won outstanding set design and production in the 2005 Dixie Film Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, and is sold in a number of National Park Service visitor centers, Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, and other Civil War venues.  He was chosen as Artist in Residence at the recent 150th Historical Manassas celebration.  He lives and works in Rowayton, Connecticut.


Come hear the story of the early days of the Civil War told through the art of Brian Kammerer!