Battle of Carthage


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Original 1861 Civil War Engraving:

The Battle of Carthage Missouri

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Battle of Carthage Missouri

Battle of Carthage

You are viewing an original 1861 Civil War illustration of The Battle of Carthage Missouri.  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 the Civil War was raging on, and Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States.

Battle Carthage

This is an impressive illustration.  The leaf shows Union troops firing into Rebel lines across the river.  An officer is pictured waiving his sword in the air, encouraging his troops on.  The troops are firing rifles at the enemy.  There are also a few pieces of heavy artillery in use.  A dead soldier is pictured crumpled on the ground.    

This leaf will make a brilliant display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It will become the center of attention wherever it is placed.  It will make an excellent addition to your collection, or a wonderful gift to any Civil War Buff.  This is a great battle scene.

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 has the rich sepia toning you expect from original material from this period.  It is in very good condition. There are a few finger smudges and a few spots of light foxing.  This illustration will display nicely.




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