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Our 2018 Ornament

Timber Ridge School is pleased to present our 2018 Collectible Ornament entitled:

Merry Christmas, General Lee
Moss Neck, Fredericksburg Virginia
December 25, 1862

On Christmas day of 1862, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, attended a holiday dinner hosted by his valued “right arm” — General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Lee and some of his officers were invited by Jackson for a Christmas meal at an outbuilding at Moss Neck, where Jackson had established winter headquarters near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Surely it was a rare respite from the severities of warfare. Just three months earlier, Lee's army had been sorely pressed at the battle of Antietam — and Lee's attempt to take the war to the North had been turned back in the bloodiest day of the war. And less than two weeks earlier at the battle of Fredericksburg — in one of his most decisive victories — Lee had his army overwhelmingly defeat the Army of the Potomac. So shocking were the harsh realities of war at Fredericksburg that Lee had observed: “It is well that war is so terrible; lest we grow too fond of it.”

Lee left the warm environment of General Jackson's hospitality to return to his headquarters and matters of war. He passed some guests that were arriving for a holiday party at the manor house and was momentarily refreshed by the events of the day and the warm wishes of “Merry Christmas, General Lee.”

~ Mort Künstler

Mr. Künstler has been a very generous supporter of Timber Ridge School since 1996 and we can’t thank him enough for his partnership and dedication to the students and families we serve.

Because we are committed to giving back, we are proud to contribute to Timber Ridge School. We value the relationship we have with them and the work their staff does for kids in the community.
— Jim and Kim Stutzman, Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac
Mort Künstler Ornament

Click here to order the limited edition ornament today. 

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments are earmarked for the improvement of student programs and facilities.

Thank you for your interest in our Mort Künstler Collectible Ornaments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 877-877-3026 or development@trschool.org.