Camp Cameron


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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration:

Camp Cameron, Georgetown, D.C.

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Camp Cameron

Camp Cameron

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of Camp Cameron, Georgetown, Washington DC.  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. 

Camp Cameron

This is a rare and highly displayable illustration featuring Camp Cameron at Georgetown, Washington DC.  The top illustration is captioned, "Camp Cameron, Georgetown, D.C., The Encampment of the Seventh New York State Militia".  The illustration shows great details of the camp.  The neat tents can be seen, as well as Springfield rifles stacked in "Teepee" fashion. Soldiers can be seen in the camp performing their duties.  The lower image is captioned, "Service by Rev. Dr Weston, Chaplain o the Seventh Regiment, at Camp Cameron, on Sunday, May 5, 1861". This image shows both soldiers and civilians at the outdoor church service.  There is a military band, and the camp can be seen in the background.  It is interesting to study the details of he ornate clothing of the civilians, and the military uniforms of the soldiers.

This is a nice print.  It would make an excellent addition to your collection, or a superb gift for anyone living in the Washington D.C./Georgetown area.

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.





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