Battle of Bull Run


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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration of:

The Battle of Bull Run

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Battle of Bull Run

Bull Run

Battle of Bull Run

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of the Battle of Bull's Run.  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 dramatic and highly collectible illustration of one of the Most important battles of the Civil War. The upper image is captioned, "Commencement of the Battle of Bull's Run".  It shows a group of soldiers beginning the attack.  They are firing heavy artillery toward the enemy lines.  The lower image is captioned, "Firing into a deserted earthwork near Bull's Run".  It shows a number of soldiers firing  artillery.  Making this an even more important and collectible piece is the in depth story on the battle that appears on the reverse side of the leaf.  The story is titled, "The Battle at Bull's Run".  This is a detailed story written by an eye-witness, and published within days of the actual battle! 

This is a rare and highly collected illustration.  original material associated with major battles is becoming increasingly difficult to find, as it is being quickly scooped up by serious collectors.  This is a particularly nice illustration of an important battle.  It will make a dramatic display when framed and placed in your office or study.

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 normal sepia toning you expect in original material from this period.  It has several finger smudges in the margins. The print has a few spots of  foxing. This print will frame quite nicely.





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