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Thomas Nast's Original "Civil War Christmas" Print

This original 1863 Thomas Nast print shows a touching scene of Husband and Wife on Christmas Eve 1862. The picture is from the January 1863 edition of Harper's Weekly. This leaf is a stunning illustration and is over 140 years old!

The image shows a family split apart by the Civil War. The left image shows a scene of a woman, late at night on Christmas Eve, on her knees in earnest prayer.

Civil War Christmas

Thomas Nast "Civil War Christmas"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

She is at the window looking up at the night sky, obviously distressed about the absence of her husband.  In the background can seen a small bed with her two children in it. On the wall, a picture of the woman's husband can be seen hanging.  On the inset image on the right, the woman's husband can be seen sitting with his rifle around a lonely campfire. In his hand is a small album with photographs of his wife and children. He is obviously lonesome, missing his wife and kids on a cold winter night.

Surrounding these two main images are a variety of scenes.  In the upper left corner, an image of Santa Claus can be seen.  Santa is crawling into a chimney.  In the lower left is an image of soldiers marching in the snow.  The upper right corner has another image of Santa, in a sleigh, being pulled by reindeer.  This is one of the earliest images of this popular traditions of Christmas.  The lower right corner shows ships being tossed in the sea.  The lower center shows an image of the graves of soldiers lost in the war. This is a dramatic and moving Nast picture.

We hope you enjoy this complete Gallery of the Civil War works of Thomas Nast.  We have created this digital archive for the use of researchers and students of Thomas Nast.  Please remember that the digitally enhanced images are Copyright Son of the South Material, so do not use them without asking permission. For more information, contact .

A Note to our Readers

We created this Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for posterity.  We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs available for a price of $250 each.  The proceeds from the sale of the material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our site.  Please contact if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.




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