12 3/4 x 10 1/2, full color print, titled "Swords Into Plowshares." This poignant scene shows an ex-Confederate soldier wearing his old military kepi, trousers and boots while holding up a tin cup. His wife holds their baby while he takes a break from plowing his field. His horse and plow and cabin and outbuilding are in the background. Executed from an original painting by Mort Kunstler. Printed on quality stock, with vivid colors, this calendar print would look great framed in your office or den or for use with a historical display.
After the war, Confederate soldiers made their way home in small groups, ragged and almost starving, forced to beg, even to steal food along the way in order to survive. Many Southern veterans came home to burned out farm buildings, fields growing up in weeds, railroads without tracks, bridges, or rolling stock, towns and cities marked by stark chimneys standing amidst charred ruins. Planters and their sons returned in poverty to plantations without slaves, without crops, without fences, with scarcely any food. Yeoman farmers returned to patches of land barely kept going by the hard work and sacrifices of wives and children during the past four years. The survivors of the war went to work, cheerlessly but with determination, to salvage as much as possible from the wreckage and to build a better future.