You are viewing an
original 1861 Civil War illustration showing Union troops being housed at,
of all places, the US patent office. 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 the 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.
shows the interior of the US patent office as it looked in 1861. The room
is filled with soldiers sleeping in bunks. Springfield rifles are shown
neatly mounted on the ends of each bunk. The illustration is captioned,
"Sleeping Bunks of the First Rhode Island Regiment, at the Patent Office,
Washington". Making this an even more interesting and historical piece,
surrounding the illustration is a story entitled, "Our Army at
Washington". This is a fascinating story which describes the Rhode Island
Soldiers "bunking" at he patent office, as well as the Sixty-Ninth Irish
Regiment staying at Georgetown University.
illustration is captioned, "Quarters of the Sixty-Ninth Irish Regiment New
York State Militia at Georgetown College. It shows soldiers in a
courtyard outside a building. I wonder if this building is still standing
This is a
fascinating leaf, and would be of particular interest to anyone associated
with either the patent office, or Georgetown University.
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 find
that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
The leaf is in
excellent condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in
original material from this period. It has finger smudges in the
margins from folks handling it over the last 130 years, and there are
some light spots of foxing. It is highly displayable, and I guarantee