Thomas Nast's Original "Civil
War Victory" Print
This is an incredible 1864
Thomas Nast illustration entitled "The Blessings of Victory". It is an
original leaf from an 1864 edition of Harper's Weekly. The
illustration prominently features Columbia and Lady Liberty. One is holding
a sword, signifying war, and the other the palm branch, signifying peace.
The illustration has the caption, "Victory Will Bring Us Peace". It is
an early example of a theme that resonates even today, of, Peace through
The two iconic women are
seen standing on the clouds, with the heavenly hosts in the background
holding both swords and trumpets.
In the upper left is an
image showing Civil War prisoners being released and returned home, and the
upper right image shows a tearful reunion as a Civil War Soldier returns
home to the hugs and kisses of his wife. This inset is captioned, "The
The lower left image is
captioned, "The Traitors", and shows Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee in
Thomas Nast "Civil War Victory"
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The lower right image
shows a picture of a happy slave family, recently freed from slavery.
This image is captioned, "No More Slavery".
This is a wonderful Thomas
Nast illustration, and presents hope to a country growing weary of war.
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 ©
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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.