Seventh Regiment


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Original 1861 Illustration:

Seventh Regiment Marches Down Broadway

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Seventh Regiment Marches Down Broadway

You are viewing an original 1861 Civil War print of The Seventh Regiment Marching Down Broadway to Embark for the War.  It is an original leaf 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. The date  is clearly marked on the front of the leaf.  On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and the Civil War had recently begun.

Seventh Regiment

It is hard to even imagine what a momentous day this was for any of the men in the Seventh Regiment. A short time prior  they could have been leading quiet , uneventful lives and here they were marching down Broadway, one of the most famous streets in the world. One wonders if any of these buildings in the picture are still standing today. Crowds of thousands, waving hats and handkerchiefs, cheered them as they marched down the flag lined street. Any available space from ground to rooftop was filled with well wishers. Young boys can be seen climbing lamp posts and trees to get a better view. The entire Regiment could not have helped but to have been filled with a great deal of pride and high spirits as they departed for the War. In too short of time they would be forced to face reality but for now this was their day.

 New York has always been known for spectacular parades and this early day print of the Seventh Regiment march is no exception. When framed and prominently  displayed it will command attention. Don't miss your chance to bid on this item for yourself or as a memorable gift for the Civil War collector or anyone interested in Broadway and New York history.

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 assure you this piece will get noticed! 

The leaf is in very good condition, and 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 from folks handling the print over the last 130 years.




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