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Thomas Nast's Original "Fort Sumter" Print

This is a Thomas Nast drawing done within days of the death of Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War.  The illustration is an original leaf from an 1865 Harper's Weekly.  It shows two different views of Fort Sumter.  On the top, we see Fort Sumter on the Eve of War.  There is a bolt of lightning hitting the flag pole.  The lighting bolt appears to be coming from the hand of the Angel of Death.  It is a dark and ominous picture.  The lower image is captioned, "The Dawn of Peace" and shows Fort Sumter at the close of the Civil War.  In this image we see an angel of peace looking down on the fort from the clouds. In the left inset image we see the flag being lowered over Sumter as the war began, and Sumter was given up, and on the right inset image we see the US Union Flag once again raised over Fort Sumter with the end of the Civil War.

Civil War Fort Sumter

Thomas Nast's Fort Sumter Illustration (Click on Image for Enlarged View)

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 .

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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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