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The Slave Gallery Features Original 1860's illustrations
Each illustration is original, and is over 130 years old. Click on Images for Larger View. I have a lot of original Civil War
Material on Blacks, Slaves, and Buffalo Soldiers. If you don't find what
you want here, email me, and I will put it up for you to see. I eventually
hope to have my entire collection up for friends to view, but it takes time.
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Original Print of Injured
Buffalo Soldier and Lady Liberty
This is an original 1865
print by Thomas Nast, one of the most popular artists of the 1800's.
It is one of the most touching and dramatic of all Civil War of
Negro Soldiers, and one of my personal favorites. The print shows a
Union Buffalo Soldier who lost his leg in the Civil War. He is
standing in his Union uniform, and is supported by crutches. He has
lost his leg well above his knee. Lady Liberty stands by the
soldier, with her hand tenderly placed upon his shoulder. She is
looking out of the picture and pointing to him with her other hand, as if
to ask, "what shall we do with this man". At the time this
print was made, the Nation was struggling to deal with the
"freemen". This print presents the perspective that the
Negro, along with the white man, had served bravely in the war, and
deserved to be fully recognized for his heroism. In the background is a tattered
US flag, and inscribed on the flag are battles such as Fort Pillow and
Fort Wagner, which were battles in which Buffalo Soldiers played a
particularly important role. This is an extremely rare and collectible print.
It is a "must have" for any serious "Buffalo Soldier"
collector. In my mind this is one of the most important, original
Black America prints.
Slaves Loading Cotton on board the
This is a dramatic and
important historical piece. It is the original cover page from an
1863 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of
the day. The print is simply stunning, and shows blacks rolling
large bails of cotton onto the riverboat "Tatum". The
upper portion of the print shows a soldier and several slaves standing in
front of a barn full of cotton. The cotton is marked "CSA"
for Confederate States of America. In the background, a number of
riverboats can be seen on the river. The print is labeled across its
center, "Cotton Pile Near the Worthington Plantation- Collecting
Confiscated Cotton", and below the print has the label, "Rolling
Cotton on Board the Tatum". A large Civil War cannon can be seen in
the foreground. You
are simply not going to find a more impressive or historical print.
Period slave pieces such as this are becoming more difficult to find, so
don't miss this opportunity to own both an important piece of history and
Amazing Image of Confederate Negro Soldiers
Believe it or not, some Blacks served in the
Confederate Army. This original 1863 image shows two Black men
serving as Rebel soldiers. The rebel buffalo soldiers are shown in
full confederate uniforms, and amazingly, are shown fully armed.
Adjacent to the image is an article describing one of the hot political
issues of the day . . . whether black men should be allowed to serve in
the Union Army. The newspaper describes the irony of the fact that
the war was being fought to free the slaves, that the North did not want
to arm the black man and let him help fight for the freedom of his
brothers, but yet the South had no reservations about arming black men to
fight for the institution of slavery.
This is an unusual illustration of a little known
aspect of the Civil War.
Gordon: Runaway Slave Turned Union
This original 1863 leaf presents the incredible story
and pictures of the Runaway Slave Gordon. The leaf describes
Gordon's amazing story. Gordon escaped slavery in Mississippi.
The leaf describes how Gordon escaped captivity by rubbing himself with
onions, to foil the plantation owner's hounds, which had been sent to
track Gordon down. Gordon effectively made it to Union forces
stationed at Baton Rouge. The picture at the left shows Gordon in
tattered clothes, showing the poor shape he was in upon finding refuge
with the Union army. The center illustration shows Gordon's back,
scared from endless brutal whippings at his master's hand. The third
illustration shows Gordon in Union uniform, after joining the Union Army.
The story surrounding the images gives an incredible account of Gordon's
escape and induction into the Army.
Celebration of Freedom
This original 1863 leaf presents a stunning image by
Thomas Nast, one of the most popular artists of the 1800's. Prominently in
the center of the illustration is an image of a black family celebrating
its new found freedom. Above the old wood stove the family has
placed a picture of their emancipator, Abraham Lincoln. The images
on the left of the leaf show the brutal legacy of slavery, to the right
are images of hope, of a brighter future.
One of the images on the left
shows a slave auction. A young man is on the auction block, and a young
black woman can be seen in the audience on her knees pleading with a white
man. Presumably, she has just been sold, and she is pleading with her new
owner to also buy the remainder of her family, so the family could be kept
together. Other images on the left show a black woman strapped to a stump
and being whipped mercilessly. Also shown is a man being branded by a
slave owner like a piece of livestock. To the right, hopeful images
are shown, with Blacks attending public school, shopping and other mundane
daily activities that we all take for granted today. This illustration would
have no doubt been controversial when it was produced in the mid-1860's, as
it was not just presenting Freed Slaves, but went as far as to suggest an
integrated society. This is a poignant illustration, showing a family
celebrating its freedom, images of its dark past, and images of hope for a
Amazing Image of Full Infantry Charge of a
This original 1863 illustration shows a full infantry
charge of the First Kansas Volunteer Colored unit. The scene is of
the Battle of Island Mounds, where the First Kansas Volunteer regiment
routed a Rebel regiment.
This illustration shows some amazing action as the
emancipated slaves, turned union soldiers unleash on a group of rebel
soldiers. The battle turned out to be a rout, with the Buffalo
Soldiers putting the Rebels into full retreat
The illustration is in excellent condition, and is a
16X22 inch double wide illustration.
Training of First Buffalo
Soldiers in the Civil War
This original 1863 illustration shows a group of freed
slaves being trained for duty in the Union Army. Use of Black men as
Union Soldiers was very controversial. Initially it was felt that
they would not make good soldiers, however, the few that were given a
chance at this early stage proved the critics to be wrong.
The caption on the image reads "Teaching the Negro
Recruits the Use of Mini Rifle.