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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration:

Mob Scene in St. Louis! 

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Saint Louis Mob

Original Civil War Illustration of Mob Scene in St. Louis

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of the Mob incident in St. Louis that marked one of the first armed conflicts of the Civil War.  It is an original leaf 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. The date is clearly marked on the front of the leaf.  On the day this leaf was printed Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and the Civil War was in its opening chapter.

This is a rare and highly collectible illustration. While the attack on Ft. Sumter had occurred just weeks earlier, there were no casualties.  The conflict represented in this scene was one of the very earliest Civil War encounters in which people were killed.  The image is captioned, "United States Volunteers Attacked by the Mob, Corner of fifth and Walnut Streets, St. Louis, Missouri".  The illustration is a dramatic one, and shows the crow firing into the troops on the street.  Children are pictured throwing rocks at the soldiers. Making this an even more collectible print is that surrounding the images is a story entitled, "The Fight at Saint Louis", and it gives incredible details on the conflict.  It is amazing to be able to read stories of the fight printed within days of the event, and not digested or interpreted by historians. The story is a long one, and gives a valuable first hand glimpse into the mood of the country at the start of the war.

This is a really nice illustration, and one you will not want to miss.  It would make an excellent addition to your collection, or a wonderful gift for anyone interested in the Civil War, or the History of St. Louis.

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 10 3/4 X 16 inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I assure you this piece will get noticed! 

The leaf displays the rich sepia toning that you expect in material from this period.  It is in excellent condition.  It has several finger smudges in the margins, and a few spots of light foxing. I offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all my merchandise.





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