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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration of:

Gunboat "Wyandotte" in Pensacola Florida

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Gunboat "Wyandotte" in Pensacola Florida

You are viewing an original 1861 Civil War illustration showing the battleship "Wyandotte" in Pensacola Bay.  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 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. 

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This is an impressive illustration. It is captioned, "The United States Gunboat Wyandotte Firing a Salute on Washington's Birthday in Pensacola Harbor".  It is a really nice view of this Union warship.  In the background you can see Fort Barrancas, the Barrancas Barraks, and the United States Marine Hospital.  It would be an interesting research project to see if any of these buildings are still standing. In the foreground two sailors are pictured standing near a row boat.  Making this an even more collectible piece is the story below the image.  The story is titled "Our Fort Pickens Pictures".  It gives a lot of important details of this area, including a description of the battleship.  There is a lot of interesting reading.

This is a beautiful print, and it will make an impressive display.  It would make an excellent addition to any Navy collection, or any Civil War collection.  It would be of particular interest to those living in this region of Florida.  It would make an excellent gift.

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 11x16  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 toning that you expect in original material from this period. It has a few finger smudges in the margins and a few areas of very light foxing. You will be proud to display this print.




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