The San Antonio Plaza
You are viewing an 1861 Civil
War print of the San Antonio Plaza. It is
from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular 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.
This is a rare and highly
displayable print. The print is captioned, "Surrender of
Ex-General Twiggs, Late of the United States Army, to the Texan Troops
in the Gran Plaza, San Antonio, Texas". The print features a
large group of Texas Rebels on horseback. The Lone Star Flag is
proudly flying over the soldiers. A large crowd of women is
shown cheering the soldiers from the balcony of the hotel. A
large mission is pictured in the background. The foreground
shows soldiers, well equipped and dapper sitting on
Making this an even more prized
print is the incredible news on the reverse side of the leaf. It
includes a news stories on: The Slave Trade, The Southern Congress,
the US Senate, Sumter to Be Evacuated, Mr. Lincoln's first Levee,
Affairs in Pensacola, Reinforcements for Key West, as well as world
news. The type is small, so there is a wealth of fabulous
historical content. Of particular interest to the Texas
collector, there is a story entitled, "Governor Houston Still
Sound", informing readers that Sam Houston has refused to
recognize the Texas Convention which had declared Texas secession.
Also, there is a story entitled, "Affairs in Texas", which
gives more details on Sam Houston and Texas Secession. WOW- there is
just too much great content to describe it all here.
This leaf would make an
outstanding addition to your collection, and is simply a "must
have" for any student of Texas History. Original material
like this is becoming increasingly difficult to find as it is being
scooped up by serious collectors. It would make a wonderful gift to
any resident of the Lone Star State, and would be particularly special
for any present resident of San Antonio. This leaf will make a
stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study, and
will become a prized possession. It will not only be cherished
by its new owner, but by generations to come.
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
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 print is in excellent condition.
It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material
from this period. The print is
highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction!