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Original 1861 Civil War Illustration:

Montgomery Alabama

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Montgomery Alabama

Montgomery Alabama

Montgomery Alabama

You are viewing an original 1861 print showing the city of Montgomery Alabama as it looked at the opening of the Civil War.  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 in its opening chapter and Abraham Lincoln had been elected president of the United States.

This is a dramatic and highly collectible illustration.  The lower image shows the streets of Montgomery at the outbreak of the war. The image is captioned, "The City of Montgomery, Alabama, Showing the State House Where The Congress of the Southern Confederacy Meets".  The image shows a brilliant view of the state house, and the street leading to it. You can see people walking up and down the street, and a military parade.  There is even a horse drawn covered wagon.  It would be interesting to find the spot that this image was made, and see how many of the buildings are still standing today.

This is a nice illustration, and would make an excellent addition to your collection.  It would make a wonderful gift for any Civil War Buff, or any true Son of the South.  It will make an excellent display when framed and placed in your office or study.  This is a wonderful chance to own an original piece of history.

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 demonstrates 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.

Don't miss your chance to own a rare, original piece of Rebel History.




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