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Jeff. Davis going to war : Jeff. Davis returning from war an [ass], 1861

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Jeff. Davis going to war, Jeff. Davis returning from war an [ass]. Dated 1861. This wood engraving created by E. Rogers depicts a metamorphic image of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Imprint at the bottom of the document reads, "Entered,…

Our company in the Sunday school army petition, between 1861 and 1865

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Our company in the Sunday school army petition. Dated between 1861 and 1865. This document from a Sunday school petitions readers to contribute money to provide Union soldiers with religious literature. During the Civil War, Sunday schools and the…

You are respectfully invited to accompany the Peace Makers on an excursion : to a quiet retreat on a salt marsh : near the Atlantic, 1863

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You are respectfully invited to accompany the Peace Makers on an excursion to a quiet retreat on a salt marsh, near the Atlantic. Dated 1863. This satirical invitation to a fictitious political gathering invites Peace Democrats or “Copperheads” to a…

The midnight knell : a poem, 1881 September 20

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The Midnight Knell, a poem. Dated September 20, 1881. This poem by Henry C. Dane memorializes the death of President James A. Garfield. Imprint at bottom of the broadside reads, "Published by N. W. Appleton, 7 School Street."

Letter from Gustavus Vasa Fox, 1881 June 16

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Letter from Gustavus Vasa Fox. Dated June 16, 1881. In this letter, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox replies to a friend's ("Shipmate") request to serve as a reference to the newly elected Garfield administration.

Letter from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox to Lieutenant Commander George Upman Morris, 1864 December 9

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Letter from Assistant Secretary of the Navy Gustavus Vasa Fox to Lieutenant Commander George Upman Morris. Dated December 9, 1864. In this letter, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox replies to Morris' November 22, 1864, note. Topics include the…

The General boardinghouse card, between 1864 and 1867

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The General boardinghouse card. Dated between 1864 and 1867. This patriotic business card for Caroline Rogers’ boardinghouse, “The General,” most likely served as an advertisement to soldiers and the family members of wounded Union soldiers who were…

The Moon boardinghouse card, between 1862 and 1864

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The Moon boardinghouse card. Dated between 1862 and 1864. This patriotic business card for Frederick Stieringer’s boardinghouse, “The Moon,” most likely served as an advertisement to soldiers and the family members of wounded Union soldiers who were…

Guiteau's dream, about 1882

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Guiteau's dream. Dated about 1882. A song written from the perspective of Charles Julius Guiteau, who assassinated United States President James A. Garfield. Sung to the melody of “Sad and Lonely.”

Town meeting notice, 1840 December 21

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Town meeting notice. Dated December 21, 1840. This notice from the town of Roxbury, Massachusetts, announces its meeting to “hear and act on the Report of the Committee to build the new School House.”