A Guide to the Civil War Pictorial Envelope, c. 1861-1865 Civil War Pictorial Envelope Ms2008-088

A Guide to the Civil War Pictorial Envelope, c. 1861-1865

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-088


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Processed by: Emily Cook, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2008-088
Title
Civil War Pictorial Envelope, c. 1861-1865
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Civil War period envelope with lithograph of Union soldiers on horseback fending off Confederate soldiers on foot. Published by Charles Magnus of New York.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Civil War Pictorial Envelope must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Civil War Pictorial Envelope, Ms2008-088 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Civil War Pictorial Envelope was purchased by Special Collections in 1991.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Civil War Pictorial Envelope occurred in November 2008


Biographical Information

Charles Magnus was born in 1826 and emigrated from Elberfeld, Germany to the United States around 1848. Magnus worked in New York from 1850 to 1899 as a publisher, artist, and map dealer, among other print-related occupations. He utilized lithography and hand-coloring in his work. During the Civil War, he published approximately 700 pictorial envelopes. Civil War envelopes began appearing before the war due to increasing sectional tensions and were published until shortly before the cessation of hostilities. Commonly depicted scenes on Magnus's envelopes included: battlefields, American eagles, and the star-spangled banner. Charles Magnus died in 1900.

Much information was gleaned from the Winterthur Library's finding aid for the Charles Magnus Collection.

Scope and Content

The Civil War Pictorial Envelope is a paper envelope with a hand-painted lithograph on one side depicting Union soldiers on horseback fending off Confederate soldiers on foot. Drawn swords and muskets appear in the illustration. The envelope was published by Charles Magnus of New York and has his name and the location of his business on the bottom left corner.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Envelope, c. 1861-1865