1864 Charles Magnus illustrated ‘Army of Liberty’ song sheet

$60.00 CAD

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Two-sided document. On one side is nice military image of Union officer on horseback, artillery, soldiers advancing on town. Labeled ‘Movement of our Army’. ‘Published by Charles Magnus, New York’.

Below image are the words to the song ‘The ARMY OF LIBERTY.”

This paper is part of a series ‘Magnus Ornamental and Glorious Union Packet’.

On the back, partial soldier letter written from Fort Ellsworth, Virginia:

Fort Ellsworth Mar 10 1864
Dear Uncle,
I teak my pencil in haste to write you a few lines. I should have written to you before if I had been well but I have not been so that I felt like write some times when I was not very sick and might have written. I am just getting over the mumps I have had them about three weeks, but to return to matters I will tell you why I happened to drop theas few lines to you.../


Horizontal folds, vertical fold. Paper toned and stained. Couple small holes.

8 ⅛” x 5 ⅛”


Fort Ellsworth was a timber and earthwork fortification constructed west of Alexandria, Virginia, as part of the defenses of Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War. Built in the weeks following the Union defeat at Bull Run, Fort Ellsworth was situated on a hill north of Hunting Creek, and Cameron Run, (which feeds into it). From its position on one of the highest points west of Alexandria, the fort overlooked the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, the Little River Turnpike, and the southern approaches to the city of Alexandria, the largest settlement in Union-occupied Northern Virginia.

Charles Magnus was a printing entrepreneur, whose business was based in New York, NY. Magnus is known for his color lithographs of city views, song sheets, maps and patriotic illustrations for stationery and covers during the American Civil War.

Magnus best-known and most extensive work is in the illustration of Civil War patriotic covers. His covers are among the most popular among collectors because of their print quality, "achieved by the utilization of steel, copper, and stone engraved plates and the old-world workmanship applied in hand or stencil coloring processes.