You are viewing an
original 1861 Civil War illustration of Cairo, Illinois. 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 was printed in 1861, and this date is clearly
marked on the top 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.
This is a rare and
highly collectible illustration. The upper image presents a view of
Bird's Point, Missouri. The image is captioned, " Bid's Point, Missouri,
Opposite Cairo, Now Occupied by Missouri Troops". The center image shows
soldiers unloading artillery from a train in Cairo Illinois. The image is
captioned, "Placing Ordinance in Position at Cairo Illinois". The lower
image shows a distillery being destroyed, and is captioned, "Demolition of
the Old Distillery at Cairo, To Make Room for Fort Defiance". This image
shows soldiers tearing down the distillery. Artillery and other Civil War
hardware can also be seen in the picture.
You will not want to
miss this print. When would you ever have another chance at an original
Civil War illustration of Cairo Illinois? It will make an awesome display
when framed and placed in your office or study. It would make a great
gift, or an excellent addition to your collection.