This is a stunning print
showing the City of New Orleans. The leaf was printed in 1861 and shows
the city as it looked at the start of the Civil War. There is a
large amount of interesting historical content in this print. The
print contains six pictures from around the city. The top image
shows a sail boat, and is labeled, "The Crescent City".
The middle image is captioned, "The Levee", and shows a nice
period view of a Mississippi Riverboat. The lower left image is a
picture of the French Quarter as it appeared at this time. The two
lower left images show Jackson Square and Lafayette Square. This is
a great print, but making it even more interesting is that surrounding the
pictures is a fascinating story on New Orleans with a lot of really
interesting details. The print describes the French Quarter, and
even calls out Bourbon Street, Royale Street, and many more streets by
name, as well as
describing the street lamps and buildings. The story says,
"French is the language commonly spoken by both whites and blacks,
though the patois of the latter would be hardly intelligible in
Paris. This excites the special wonder of their brethren from the
more northern States."
The story goes on to talk about the
Mississippi River, and talks about Bales of Cotton on the docks, hogheads
of sugar, and barrels of pork. the story describes the climate and
many other interesting details of New Orleans.
This print would make a
great gift for any Civil War Collector, and will become a cherished possession
when framed and displayed in an office or study. This print has one small
area of foxing on the top image, as can be seen in the picture above.
1863 Print of The Riverboat "Imperial" at New Orleans
is a really nice print showing the riverboat "Imperial".
The print is captioned, "The Opening of the Mississippi- Arrival of
the Steamer Imperial at the New Orleans from St. Louis." The
prints shows a huge celebration on the docks in New Orleans. People
can be seen waving their hats and greeting the riverboat. The crowd
on the riverboat can be seen responding in kind. Smoke can be seen
billowing from the huge stacks on the boat, and the boat has a large flag
waiving, with the word "Imperial" on it. The above the
image is a nice story describing the event. There is lots of important
historical content in the story, including the following: "The
imperial is an immense, showy vessel, one of the first class river
steamers . . . But is was not her size or fine equipment which impressed
the eager multitudes who thronged to see her, it was the fact that she was
the first freight boat which had ventured down the Mississippi since the
fall of Vicksburg and Port Hudson; and everyone who gazed upon her proud
form saw in her the embodiment of reawakened commerce with the Mississippi
Valley." Lots more great details in the story.