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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration of:

Massachusetts Volunteers

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Massachusetts Volunteers

Massachusetts Volunteers

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of the Massachusetts Volunteers.  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, the Civil War was in its opening chapter. 

This is an impressive illustration, rich with historic detail.  The image is captioned, "MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS, The Boston Regiments Embarking for Washington in the Jersey City Cars".  Above the image is the banner which reads, "1776 Liberty, 1861 Union". The leaf shows the Boston Regiments loading onto a train.  The train cars are marked, "Philadelphia &Trenton".  The soldiers are pictured in full uniform, with rifles and mounted bayonets.  The image is draped in flags, and a large crowd can be seen cheering the soldiers on.  Men are waving their top hats, and ladies are throwing their handkerchiefs.

This is a dramatic illustration that will make a spectacular display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It will become the center of attention wherever it is displayed.  It would make a great gift for anyone interested in the Civil War, particularly those from Massachusetts, or with ancestors in this famous Civil War unit.  

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





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