US Civil war Magnus letter paper with image guard on picket duty
Blank letter page with large letterhead of a Union Soldier holding his rifle, tents in background, sitting around camp-fire, on night-time picket duty.
Inside the smoke from the fire, along the top are three cartouches with most soldiers' thoughts & dreams:
Running towards his wife
Wife and children praying
Hugging his wife
Below image: 'Published by Chas. Magnus, 12 Frankfort St: N.Y.’
Lined on back
8” x 5”
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.