Battle of Kennesaw Mountain by Kurz and Allison

Kurz and Allison were publishers of chromolithographs in the late 19th century. Based in Chicago, they built their reputation on “fancy prints of the most elaborate workmanship.” The compositions are highly stylized with bright, dramatic colors that make the images highly decorative.

While the prints were highly inaccurate and considered naive fantasies like Currier and Ives prints, they were still sought by collectors. They did not pretend to mirror the actual events but rather attempted to tap people’s patriotic emotions. It is obvious that the artists never visited Kennesaw Mountain.

In all, a set of thirty-six battle scenes were published from designs by Louis Kurz (1835–1921), who had served in the Ohio 165th Infantry Regiment. Kurz, a native of Salzburg, Austria, had emigrated to the United States in 1848.

More accurate drawings and original photos of the battle are located in our photo gallery.