War Between the States

Civil War patriotic imprint with a full color vignette of a Union Zouave soldier holding an American flag and his musket with pistol and knife inside belt, and a sign post in the background, "To the end of REBELLION." The slogan, "REMEMBER ELLSWORTH" is printed below the illustration. Minor staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

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WBTS Trivia: Elmer E. Ellsworth was famous before the Civil War for organizing the Chicago Zouaves and staging spectacular drill exhibitions throughout the country. In August 1860, he performed on the lawn of the White House. He later accompanied President elect Abraham Lincoln to Washington for the inauguration. He raised the "Fire Zouaves," the 11th New York Vols., and led them into Washington in May 1861. He was shot down and killed by James T. Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria, Va., on May 24, 1861, after having removed a Confederate flag from the roof of that building. It was claimed to have been seen from the White House and Ellsworth found it to be an insult to President Lincoln. Jackson was immediately killed by Private Francis E. Brownell. A correspondent of the New York Tribune was on the scene, and the episode caused an immediate sensation which contributed greatly to the war sentiment in the North. The Lincoln family, who had become close friends with the young Ellsworth, took his death extremely hard, and Colonel Ellsworth became the first national martyr of the Civil War.

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