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Original 1861 Civil War Print of:

First Connecticut Volunteers

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1st Connecticut Volunteers

You are viewing an original 1861 print featuring the First Connecticut Volunteers.  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,  Southern States had seceded from the Union, and the Civil War was Raging on. 

This is a fascinating and highly displayable print. The upper image is a camp scene of the First Connecticut Volunteers.  The image is captioned, "The Encampment of the First Connecticut Volunteers at Roach's Spring, Virginia".  This is a detailed view of a Civil War Union camp.  The print shows the men relaxing after a hard day's march, and includes great detail on their uniforms and gear.  The lower image shows a nice view of the Battle of Romney, Virginia.  It shows the battle at the Covered Bridge.  The leaf includes a detailed description of the Battle.

This print will make an excellent addition to your collection, or a wonderful gift for any Civil War buff.  It will make a nice display when framed, and will become the center of attention wherever it is placed.

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 very good condition. It has the rich sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period. It has several areas of light foxing, and finger smudges in the margins from folks handling the piece over the last 130 years.




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