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Original 1861 Illustration:

Fort Smith and Little Rock Arkansas

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Little Rock Arkansas

Fort Smith and Little Rock Arkansas:

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of Fort Smith and Little Rock Arkansas.  It is from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity.  This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date is clearly marked on the front of the print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and the Civil War was in its opening chapter.

Fort Smith

The upper illustration is captioned, "The City and Garrison of Fort Smith, Arkansas".  It shows a nice view of the city and the Fort, as it looked at the beginning of the Civil War.  The lower image is captioned, "United States Arsenal at Little rock Arkansas, Surrendered to the State Troops, February, 1861'.  It image includes a number of the buildings of the garrison, along with some soldiers in the foreground.  The illustration also includes rows of cannon balls and cannons.

This is a really nice illustration, and would make an excellent gift for associated with the State of Arkansas.  It will make a  dramatic display when framed and placed in your office or study.

Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall apart.  The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.   Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate.   A different process was used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years.  Acid free mats are available at most better frame shops.  If you have any questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is approximately 10 3/4 X 16 inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.

The leaf is in excellent condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period.  It is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 

Don't, miss your chance to own an original and rare piece of Arkansas History. Buy Now!

Item Name: Original 1861 Civil War Illustration of Fort Smith and Little Rock
Item Number: h1861p148
Price: $115

Buyer pays $6.50 shipping. Immediate shipping for Money Orders, Allow 10 days for personal checks to clear.

 

 

 

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