Abe Lincoln Christmas Feast Harper's Civil War newspaper 1864 Dec complete issueBrian DiMambro
Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization.
(Old Periodicals, 19th Century Newspapers, Americana, Harper's Weekly, Civil War, Illustrated Newspapers, Christmas, Abraham Lincoln, Forgiveness).
Issued December 31st, 1864, New York, by Harper & Brothers.
An actual piece of American history issued during the Civil War. Filled with commentary and wood engraved images relating to that war and issued contemporary to the events.
Double page centerfold features Abraham Lincoln.
Original mid-19th century weekly newspaper. An actual, complete newspaper published at the date listed, not a modern re-issue.
During this period, this journal was a major, influential national publication which employed many of the top artists of the era.
Paper uniformly age toned as typical, a long closed tear at bottom of front cover, some pages loose. Issue was once bound up in a volume and is now free-standing and complete unto itself as originally issued.
Nice looking, clean, well preserved example, pages loosened, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Text on reverse of each page as always, images and maps from Harper's like this are often offered separately for display.
Newspaper measures c. 16" H x 11" W.
Periodical will be shipped gently rolled in a sturdy 3" wide tube to ensure it arrives safely to you! Multiple issues purchased at the same time will be shipped flat.
The full front page shows children in a bedroom playing with Christmas gifts and toys while the parents watch from the doorway.
The very ornate double page centerfold by Thomas Nast is titled: "The Union Christmas Dinner" and shows President Abraham Lincoln welcoming Confederates to dinner, with a long table in the background and empty chairs with the abbreviations of the Confederate states on the backs of them. There are smaller Civil War-related vignettes in each corner of the print.
Other war prints within the issue include: "General Warren's Raid--The Fifth Corps Tearing up the Weldon Railroad North of Jarret's Station" & "...Destruction of the Weldon Railroad North of Jarret's -- Burning of Ties & Rail". There is also a full page with 3 more prints relating to the Weldon Railroad: "...Destruction of Water Tanks at Jarret's Station" & "...Soldiers Making a Greek Cross (The Fifth Corps Badge) Out of the Heated Rails on the Weldon Railroad" & also "Chase & Capture of the Blockade-runner 'Armstrong' by Our Gunboats".
A nearly half pg. shows: "Army of the Cumberland--Nashville & Its Fortifications" as well as: "The U.S. Monitor 'Neosho' Engaging Three Rebel Batteries on the Cumberland, Below Nashville" & "Porter's Fleet Leaving Fortress Monroe". There are also two small maps; "The Field of General Sherman's Operations Around Savannah" & "Map of Nashville, Tennessee, Showing the Field of Operations of General Thomas".
The back page has a cartoon: "A Hint to Young Ladies".