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Charleston Civil War

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You are viewing an original 1861 illustration depicting the opening shots of the Civil War.  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 opening shots of the Civil War were being fired. 

The illustration is special because it is a Harper's Weekly front page, and includes the ornate mast head.  It is a rare and highly collectible print depicting the opening shots of the Civil War.  The illustration is captioned, "The House-Tops in Charleston During the Bombardment of Sumter".  It shows families standing on the rooftops of their homes in Charleston, watching the bombardment of Fort Sumter.  Many women are overcome with tears and are collapsing to their knees.  Others appear to be cheering.  Fort Sumter can be seen in flames in the middle of the bay.

This is a spectacular and highly displayable illustration.  The battle of Fort Sumter was represented the start of the Civil War, and this is a great, original illustration capturing this historic event.  It will make  a stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study. It will not only be cherished by its new owner, but by generations to come.  What purchase will you make this year with such enduring value?

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 very good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period. The illustration has a few spots of light foxing, and finger smudges in the margins. It is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 




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