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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration of:

Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

You are viewing an original 1861 Civil War illustration showing the Pennsylvania Volunteers near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  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 print. On the day this leaf was printed Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States,  and the Civil War was in its opening chapter. 

Harrisburg Pennsylvania

This illustration shows the Pennsylvania volunteers marching down the street in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  The illustration is captioned, "Camp Curtin, Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, A Rendezvous of the Pennsylvania Volunteers".  This is a striking picture.  It sows large formations marching down the street in a parade, led by two drummers.  The street is lines with civilians, watching the troops.  Several women can be seen waving their handkerchiefs at the men.  In the background you can see neat formations of tents, and several buildings.  Making this an even more collectible print, beside the picture is a nice story, entitled, "Camp Curtin".  It is an interesting story.  

This is a rare and collectible piece of original Civil War history.  It would make an excellent addition to your collection, or a wonderful gift for any Civil War Buff.  It would be of particular interest to anyone living new Harrisburg, or anyone with ancestors who served with the Pennsylvania volunteers.

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 11x16  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 excellent condition. It has the rich sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period. It has a few spots of light foxing in the margins. This one will display nicely!





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