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    [Civil War]. Died, near the South-Side Rail Road, on Sunday, April 9th, 1865, The Southern Confederacy, Aged Four Years. Conceived in Sin, Born in Iniquity, Nurtured by Tyranny, Died of a Chronic Attack of Punch. Abraham Lincoln, Attending Physician. U.S. Grant, Undertaker. Jeff Davis, Chief Mourner. Broadside or window card, 7" x 8.75"; [Philadelphia]: Printed by James B. Rogers, circa April 1865.

    Printed on heavy stock paper, this broadside or window card is considered one of the best works of political satire of the Civil War era. Based on its humorous tone, one suspects this was printed between the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox on April 9 and President Lincoln's assassination on April 14, 1865. This "death certificate", complete with mourning border, of the Confederate States of America includes an "Epitaph" at the bottom of the placard that reads:

    Gentle stranger, drop a tear,
    The C.S.A. lies buried here;
    In youth it lived and prosper'd
    Well,
    But like Lucifer it fell;
    Its body here, its soul in-well
    Even if I knew I wouldn't tell
    Rest C.S.A., from every one strife,
    Your death is better than your life;
    And this one line shall grace your grave-
    Your death gave freedom to the slave.

    Condition: Small crease on top left hand corner slightly rubbed left hand bottom corner, toning at edges, else very fine..


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    Founded in Philadelphia in 1839, James B. Rogers's printing company was a leading printing firm in mid-nineteenth-century Philadelphia, and survived into the twentieth century.



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