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Thomas Nast's "The War for the Union"

You are viewing Thomas Nast's first Civil War illustration for Harper's Weekly.  It is an original leaf from a November 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly.  The illustration is a dramatic image, and is captioned, "The War for the Union - Surprise of a Confederate Guerrilla Unit by a Squadron of the U.S. Cavalry."

War for the Union - Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast "A War for the Union"  (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

The leaf shows the Union Cavalry putting a surprised group of rebel soldiers to the sword.  In the center of the illustration, one confederate on horseback can be seen being run through with a sword.  Others can be seen being shot, stabbed and hacked. 

This is a completely pro-union illustration, and was meant to rally support on the home front at a time when things were not going that well for the Union army.  Later in the war, Nast's illustrations were not always as pro-union, and he would go so far as to appear to endorse compromise with the South.  But, for this, his first Civil War illustration, he is glorifying a Union victory.

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 paul@sonofthesouth.net .

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 paul@sonofthesouth.net if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.




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