Thomas Swearing in the Volunteers!
You are viewing an original
1861 Winslow Homer print showing General Thomas Swearing in the
Volunteers in front of the white house. Note that this is not
a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity. This leaf
was printed in April, 1861, and this 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 Slavery was still
This is a rare and important
piece of history, and is one of the more collectible Winslow Homer
prints. The print shows general Thomas standing in front of the
white house. In front of him are hundreds of eager recruits,
each with their right hand in the air, taking the oath to become
soldiers. Standing behind General Thomas is a small group of
This print was created within
days of the start of the Civil War. The confederates had just
taken Ft. Sumter, and this group of of men responded by joining the
union forces to fight for the preservation of the country.
Making this print even more important is that it is the front page of
the original April 27, 1861 Harper's Weekly, the most popular
illustrated newspaper of the day.
Adding even further to the
importance of this piece is that above the print is an eye-witness
account of the attack on Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil war.
This text is entitled, "The Bombardment of Fort Sumter".
It includes the brave and historic quote from Major Anderson. When the
Southern forces demanded his