This is a
dramatic and highly collectible illustration. It features a
spectacular view of the first casualties of the civil war.
While the first shots of the Civil War had been fired a few days
earlier at Fort Sumter, this was the first battle resulting in
casualties. The print shows an intense street battle in which
union troops are being attacked by armed men and rock throwers.
Several men can be seen falling to the ground, succumbing to their
wounds. The men shown falling to the ground would be the first
of millions to follow over the next several years. The print
is captioned, "First Blood- The Sixth Massachusetts Regiment
Fighting Their Way Through Baltimore."
This is a highly
collectible illustration in that it depicts the opening battle of
the war involving casualties. It is a most impressive
illustration, and will become the center of attention wherever it is
displayed. It would make a wonderful gift for any Civil War buff.
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 15 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and I
find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
is in very good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you
expect in original material from this period. It has some light
spots of foxing in the margins. There are several areas of
finger smudging in the margins from people handling the print over
the last 130 years. The print is highly displayable, and I guarantee