The San Antonio Plaza


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Original 1861 Civil War Print:

The San Antonio Plaza

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San Antonio Plaza

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 horseback.  

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  The type is small, so there is a wealth of fabulous historical content.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 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 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! 




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