Harper's Weekly featured a wide array of dramatic illustrations featuring the
art of War on Horseback. This section shows some of these illustrations. I absolutely guarantee the
authenticity of each print.
stated, this is the most dramatic and collected of all Civil War Cavalry
illustrations. It is an original 1863 illustration by Thomas
Nast. The leaf presents a stunning view of a Civil War Cavalry
charge. the image includes an incredible amount of action. The Rebel
and Union Cavalries are shown in close range combat.
foreground includes a number of soldiers with swords drawn engaging in
hand-to-hand combat. The left of the print features a Cavalry
officer with his sword drawn over his head, leading a group of soldiers
into battle. The battle continues into the background of the print,
with thousands and thousands of mounted soldiers. A number of dead
and dieing men are shown on the ground. Others are being run through
with swords. The foreground shows a man falling off his panicked
horse. You can click on the image to get a closer look, but there was no
way for me to capture the impact of this print with a digital image.
The leaf has
an incredible amount of historical detail. You can spend hours
studying the uniforms, gear, arms and mounts of the Cavalry pictured. You
are simply not going to find a leaf that better captures the action, death
and confusion of a Civil War Cavalry Charge than this eye-witness
illustration. This is a centerfold leaf, making it a large 16x22.
The print scores top marks for Visual Impact, Historical Significance, and
Condition. If you are a collector of Cavalry illustrations, this
piece will become the centerpiece of your collection. The leaf is in
excellent condition. It is a crisp, sharp, high contrast
illustration. It shows the gentle sepia toning you expect in
original material from this period. The bottom left margin has a
small tear, which has been mended with archive grade mending tape.
The tear will be behind the mat when framed, and does not reach into the
illustration. This is a very special print, and in my mind is Thomas
Nast's finest Civil War illustration.
a spectacular 1863 illustration featuring a Cavalry Charge. The
print is captioned, "Colonel Kilpatrick's Late Cavalry Raid Through
Virginia". The illustration shows a mounted soldier charging
into an infantry unit.
Cavalry soldier is wearing gloves that come up to his elbows. He has
the horse's reigns in his right hand, and his Colt revolver in his left
hand. The infantry soldiers are coming at him with bayonets and
rifles. Another man on horseback is shown firing his revolver into
the head of a startled infantryman. Another soldier is shown laying dead
on his back in the foreground. This is a highly displayable and
collectible print. It is in excellent condition.
General William Tecumseh Sherman on Horseback
is a brilliant portrait of General William Tecumseh Sherman from a
photograph by Mathew Brady. This is a large centerfold print measuring
16x22. Sherman is shown in a striking pose on a handsome horse.
Sherman is pictured with his hat, and two stars on his shoulder.
The print is in excellent condition, and will make a spectacular
This print shows Sheridan
on horseback, and is captioned, "Phil Sheridan's Ride to the
Front". Sheridan is riding the horse hard, and the horse is
shown foaming at the mouth. Soldiers can be seen in the background
cheering him on. This is a very nice illustration.
This leaf is in very good
condition. There is a small damp stain in the upper left margin of
This is a nice
1864 portrait of three Cavalry officers on horseback. The
print features Merritt, Kautz and Wilson. The three men are
pictured in full uniform. This is a front page illustration, so it
includes the ornate Harper's Weekly mast head. The upper corners of the
print include a nice engraving of crossed cavalry sabers. The print is
in excellent condition. It has a damp stain in the upper left
margin, not affecting the print.