You are viewing an
original 1861 print showing Halltown, Virginia. It is from an 1861
edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular newspaper of the day.
Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its
authenticity. This print is over 140 years old, and the date is clearly
marked on the front of the leaf.
This is an
fascinating leaf, full of interesting details. The lower image is
captioned, "The Rendezvous of the Virginians at Halltown, Virginia To
March on Harper's Ferry". The image shows armed men on horses, and a
number of soldiers ready to march. A wagon can be seen full of supplies,
and railroad tracks are pictured running through town. The center image
is captioned, "The Burning of the Bridge at Canton, Maryland by the MOB".
the Upper image shows a nice picture of a sailing ship, and is captioned,
"View of Fort McHenry, Baltimore".
These images show
lots of interesting details. The back of the print is covered with
fascinating news of the day, including a story discussing whether
Washington DC was in danger due to the breakout of the war. It also
includes the original text declaring Virginia's Secession. The story is
titled, "The Virginia Ordinance of Secession", which includes, "An
Ordinance to repeal the ratification of the constitution of the United
States of America by the State of Virginia, and to resume all the rights
and powers granted under said constitution". The story includes the
entire text of the secession ordinance. The leaf also contains President
Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation ordering blockades on Southern ports. There
is simply too much interesting content to describe it all here.