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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration:

Fort Pickens, Florida

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Fort Pickens in Civil War

Wilson's Zouaves in Fort Pickens

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of Fort Pickens as it appeared at the start of the Civil War.  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 in its opening chapter. 

Fort Pickens Civil War

This is an impressive and highly displayable illustration. The image is captioned, "Wilson's Zouaves in the Ditch and Covered Way on the Land Front of Fort Pickens".  The illustration shows a nice view of the interior of Ft. Pickens.  You can see soldiers performing their duties, and several large pieces of artillery.  The period US flag is flying proudly above the fort.  A number of soldiers are pictured on picket duty on the top of the wall, and Naval vessels can be seen in the background.

This is a rare and interesting leaf. It will make a dramatic display when framed and placed in your office or study.  I don't know when I will be able to offer another Florida piece with this interesting content, so don't miss this one.

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 good condition. It has the rich sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period.  There are several areas of light foxing, and the margins have finger smudges from folks handling it over the last 140 years. 





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