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Union Generals Broadside

Union Generals Broadside

Prominently features Lincoln’s second vice president,  Andrew Johnson.


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(Union Generals) (Johnson, Andrew) (17th President) Bicolored Display Broadside, bearing portraits of the Presidents up through Johnson, as well as those of prominent Union Generals. N.p. (portion of undated copyright at foot, for southern Ohio), n.d. (late 1865). Approx. 20 x 28.5 in. (sight); in simple white mat and black frame, 28.5 x 38.5 in. overall.

A large woodcut bust portrait of Andrew Johnson, approx. 6 x 7.5 in. and surrounded by a border of small red-outlined stars, dominates the center of this unusual piece. His portrait is partly overprinted in red and blue, to provide flesh tones and color both suit and background, and is surrounded by black and white woodcuts of all his predecessors (including a beardless Lincoln).

The outer border is composed of slightly finer cuts of 15 generals (Sherman, Thomas, Grant, Sheridan and Hooker at top; Hancock, Rosecrans, Cox, Burnside, Rousseau and Logan along the sides; Butler, Terry, Banks and Howard at bottom) and Adm. Farragut. Each of these appears within an identical red-and-blue tinted “frame” composed of an eagle, flags, and the figures of Liberty and Justice. Each Presidential portrait bears a short gloss of the administration and a tally of electoral votes cast; the military ones have very brief biographical and sometimes editorial captions (e.g., for Hooker, “He meant business…[I]f there was not so much strategy, there was…an endless amount of ‘fight’”). A comment that Gen. Cox “is governor elect of Ohio…chosen Oct. 10” and “will enter upon the duties…in January, 1866” effectively dates this broadside. Display-quality material of Johnson as President is very scarce, doubtless due to the rapid decline of his political fortunes and eventual impeachment.

Some smoothed old folds; fine and quite fresh appearance. Quite unusual for this period; the first we’ve seen it.