The American Civil War was a fascinating time in U.S. history. Sentiments and support for both sides were expressed in various patriotic ways. Perhaps one of the most personal ways was artwork on envelopes.

It is estimated that 1000’s of different artist renditions were made for these civil war envelopes – from caricatures, allegories, slotains, portraits and much more. In fact some envelopes show portraits or caricatures of politicians, for example, of George Washington, Jefferson Davis, Benjamin Franklin, or Abraham Lincoln. State seals figure prominently, as do flags. Other significant topics in the collection are animals (especially the eagle), liberty, soldiers, sailors, and Uncle Sam.

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