New York: Frank Leslie's Weekly, 1862. Hawley, Hughson. unbound. View. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 14.75 x 42.75". Sheet measures 24 x 48.5"
This view of the Union army's march on Fort Donelson appeared in the March 15, 1862 edition of Frank Leslie's Illustraed Newspaper. This scene took place on February 16, 1862, when, after a failed surprise attack on Union forces, the Confederate army under General Buckner unconditionally surrendered to Union General Grant. White flags of surrender can be seen flying from a flag pole in the Confederate outpost, while the foreground of the print is occupied by triumphant Union forces marching into the distance and waving the stars and stripes. The print is in very good condition with wide margins as issued. Some staining to upper margin not affecting the image. Frank Leslie's Weekly, originally known as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, was a leading American illustrated news magazine published between 1852 and 1922. Its pioneering use of mass-market reproduction techniques--wood engravings, then daguerrotypes and other photography--made it able to bring visual news to the masses at a remarkably fast speed for the time period. This large-scale print, made relatively early in the newspaper's life, demonstrates the ambitions that drove its production from the start.