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    What Is Likely the Single Most Iconic Image of the American Civil War, the Charleston Mercury Broadside of December 20, 1860 Announcing "The Union Is Dissolved". While this specimen is in excellent condition, the borders have been trimmed leaving the size of the piece at 10" X 20", whereas the original size, with borders, was 12" X 24". Extremely well done, obviously a long time ago, and virtually undetectable under the mat. The text is untouched and bright and crisp. There are no holes or tears, just some easily restorable, minor bleed through, from the adhesive on some very old paper tape on the back, partially visible at the top and bottom edges.
    With the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, many South Carolinians vowed to leave the Union, rather than be governed by a "Black Republican" and face the likelihood of the abolition of slavery. Governor Pickens called for a convention to consider secession, and, on Dec. 20, 1860, the 169 delegates in attendance, voted unanimously to secede from the Union. The editors of the pro secession Charleston Mercury recounted that, "Within a few minutes after the announcement of the secession vote our messengers arrived.....in less than fifteen minutes our Extras, containing the long looked for Ordinance, were being thrown off by fast presses and distributed among the eager multitude that thronged under the great banner of the "Southern Confederacy". Though many copies of the broadside were printed, very few survive today. Additionally, after the war many souvenir copies were printed, but there are several obvious points that delineate the original from these later copies, all of which, of course, are present on this specimen.

    An excellent example of this truly remarkable piece of American history, the very first Confederate imprint, defining the moment the American nation was torn asunder. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.




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    June, 2011
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