New York: Major & Knapp, 1862.
Colored lithograph. 6 1/4" x 11".
This lively scene depicts the embarkation of the 11th New York Infantry, a light artillery regiment that fought in the Civil War. The members of the regiment were drawn from the city's volunteer fire companies and wore noticeable dress, earning them the name "Fire Zouaves." The bright light and celebratory atmosphere of this view complement this characterization of the troops, whose red coats are visible as they head toward their ship. One can almost hear the cheers of jubilant onlookers as they rise to join an array of billowing American flags which punctuate the skyline of factory towers and steeples. Toward the center of the composition, a brightly colored trolley completes this overview of New York as it looked at the dawn of the Civil War.
The print appears din the 1862 edition of D.T. Valentine's Manual and is in good condition with wear to the original fold.
D.T. Valentine (1801-1869) served as the Deputy to the Clerk of the Common Council for thirty-seven years and took it upon himself to compile the "Manuals," which he updated and published annually from 1841-1866. These manuals Valentine's manuals were directories of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York, richly illustrated with maps, lithographs, and engravings.