Gun Boats At Cincinnati


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Civil War Gun Boats at Cincinnati Ohio

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Civil War Gun Boats at Cincinnati Ohio

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration featuring Union Gun-Boats at Cincinnati, Ohio.  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 raging on. 

This is a collectible piece of Cincinnati history.  The lower image shows an incredible view of a Union War ship being fitted up for action at Cincinnati Ohio.  The print is captioned, "Gun-boats Fitting Out At Cincinnati, Ohio, for the Government Service on the Mississippi.  A boat in the foreground is pictured with a large number of men working on it. Mississippi Riverboats can be seen steaming up the river in the background.  The city of Cincinnati can be seen in the background.  The leaf also includes fascinating stories and news of the day.  It includes wonderful reading on the Virginian Army, and a Bomb-proof battery.

This is a fabulous piece that will make an excellent addition to your collection. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in Cincinnati, or in the Civil War in general.  It will make a striking display when framed. I assure you this leaf will be cherished by its new owner.

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 a few areas of light foxing, and a few finger smudges in the margins.





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