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Our 2019 Ornament

Timber Ridge School is pleased to present our 2019 Collectible Ornament entitled:

How Real Soldiers Live
Moss Neck, Fredericksburg Virginia
December 25, 1862

In December of 1862, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia bedded down for winter quarters in and around the town of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. After defeating their Federal adversaries in one of the most lopsided victories of the entire Civil War, the victorious but weathered army looked to the Christmas season as a welcome reprieve. Celebrations around the campsite were especially joyous during this time, as the daily stress of combat was put aside in favor of high spirits.

The officers expressed this sentiment as well and they often held private holiday dinners for their senior commanders. One such meal was hosted by General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, who was staying in nearby Caroline County. Although he was not the most socially adept of Lee’s lieutenants, Jackson extended a warm invitation to his commander and staff to enjoy an evening of hospitality at his headquarters at Moss Neck Plantation.

Upon his arrival, General Lee was treated to a traditional holiday meal, as well as the welcome company of his most trusted subordinates. The evening went well as conversational merriment replaced the usual discussions of tactics and attrition. Laughter filled the room and, for a few brief hours, the war in Virginia was but a distant memory. For this Christmas night, it was a group of Southern gentlemen, not seasoned soldiers, who came together to celebrate and share a taste of home.

~ 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

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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