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- "Battle of Pea Ridge, Ark. March 8th. 1862." 1862. LL: "Lith & Published by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Cincinnati." 13 x 17 5/8. Chromolithograph. [CL]
An attractive battle scene. Identifications along the bottom, left to right, for: Sigel, Curtis, Osterhaus and Asboth. The images of these generals are the same as on the individual prints from the portrait series, so the same source (photograph) was probably used. This print also appeared with a title in German, cf. below.
- "Bird's Eye View Of Camp Chase Near Columbus, Ohio." LL: "Drawn by A. Ruger. Comp. H. 88. Rgt. O.V.I." LR: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Lith. Cin" 16 3/4 x 24 1/2. Two tone lithograph. [CLR; LOC]
Shows a Civil War encampment with number keyed captions in bottom margin.
- "Genl. Sigel in der Schlacht bei Pea Ridge, Ark. Mærz 8, 1862." 1862. LL: "Lith & Published by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Cincinnati." 13 x 17 5/8. Chromolithograph. Trimmed to image and title cut out and mounted. [CL]
This is the same print, from the same stones, as "Battle of Pea Ridge" (cf. above), but with the title in German.
- "The Union Defenders Certificate In Support & Defense Of The Government, The Union And The Constitution Of The United States Against The Great Rebellion." 1863. 14 x 10. Chromolithograph. [LOC]
A Civil War certificate that includes various scenes (including an attack on Fort Sumter in bottom right) and an image of Columbia with an eagle. The certificate states, "This certifies that...." followed by four ruled, blank lines.
The following are a series of scenes drawn by A.E. Mathews of the 31st Ohio Volunteers that were done in two tone lithography by EFC. These vary in size, so it does not appear that they were sold in a portfolio. How they were marketed or if they were simply privately done for Mathews is unclear.
- [Copyright copy] Entered in the LOC on May 2, 1863 by J.W. Waterman. LL: "Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co.O. Lithographers." LR: "S.W. Corner 4th. & Walnut Sts. Cincinnati." 21 3/4 x 17 3/4 (full sheet). [LOC]
This is the blank, copyright deposit copy of a soldiers' memorial. The top two corners, the three middle sections, and a place just above eagle near top are all left blank for later insertion of Company name, etc.. Also, the medallions and cartouche in the bottom left are left blank. The certificate has Civil War scenes, flags, and medallions scattered around.
- "12 Independent Battery, Ohio Volunteers." Dated July 1st, 1863. Copyright by J.W. Waterman, 1863.
This shows a series of Civil War scenes surrounding the listing of members of the troop.
- 126th reg. Illinois vol. infantry. Cincinnati: J.W. Waterman.
"Memorandum: military career of the 126th reg. Illinois vol. infantry, from organization to November 6th, 1863 ... The regiment was organized and mustered into the United States service ... at Alton, Illinois, to date Sept. 4th, 1862 ..."
- Andaces fortuna juvat. Company C, 117th reg. Ills. vol. Inf. No publisher, nor date.
"Sworn into the United States service by James Rankin, Esq., the 13th day of August, 1862, at Summerfield, Illinois."
- Company A, 83rd regiment, Illinois volunteers. Cincinnati: J.W. Waterman, 1863.
"This company was recruited at Monmouth, Warren Co., Illinois ... 12th of Aug., 1862 ..."
- "Company G, 97th regiment, Illinois vol. Infantry...Soldiers' memorial." Cincinnati: J.W. Waterman, 1863. [Illinois State Archives]
- "Parker's Excelsior Boys." Cincinnati: J.W. Waterman, 1862. LR: "Lithogr. & printed in Colors by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Cincinnati, O." 22 x 18 (full sheet). Chromolithograph.
The memorial is filled in for "Parker's Excelsior Boys. Company D, First Battalion Governor's Guards." There are three columns in the middle, with officers and soldiers names printed. At the top is a crest surmounted by an eagle, and to left is a camp scene and to right a riverside scene. Figures (dressed in red, white, & blue) of Liberty and Justice flank the names, and at the bottom is another crest, this with flags, flanked by an image of the 'soldier's adieu' and the 'soldier's return.' Two blank panels in the bottom corners are entitled "Memorandum," but are not filled in this example.
- Drawn by Capt. Robert J. Fisher. "Officers of the United States Army and Navy - Prisoners of War Libby Prison-Richmond, Va." Cincinnati: EFC, 1864. 40 1/2 x 32 7/8.
A memorial for the prisoners held at Libby prison. The text displays the roll-call of the officers that were incarcerated in Libby Prison in 1864, and it is surrounded by a decorative border and vignettes. At top center is a large spread-winged Eagle clutching the U.S. Shield with 12 stars.
- "Soldiers' Memorial." Filled in for Company I. 63d. Reg. Ohio. Vol. Inf. Copyright by J.W. Waterman, 1863. EFC. Lithograph. 21 3/4 x 16 3/4. With color. [Photocopy sent]. The print has a Victorian architectural framework surrounding three columns in middle for the roster. The bays of the framework are filled with scenes of battles, camp, and home. The top is surmounted by a crest with flags and at the bottom center is a cartouche with "This Company Was Organized At Chillicothe, Ohio, January 17th 1862."
- "The Battle Of Shiloh. Charge and taking of a New Orleans Battery by the 14th Regt. Wisconsin Volunteers Monday, April 7, 1862." Copyrighted by A.E. Mathews, 1862. LL: "Sketched by A.E. Mathews, 31st. Regt. O.V." LR: Lithographed by EFC. Two tone lithograph. 15 1/2 x 20 1/2.
- "Camp of 43d. Rect. O.V. (Col. J.L. Kirby Smith) Before Corinth, May 1862." LL: "Sktetched [sic] by A.E. Mathews, 31st. Regt. O.V.USA." LR: Lithographed by EFC. Two tone lithograph. 10 7/8 x 16 3/8.
- "Hospital Varian, Hamburg, Tenn. General Director, S.R. Porter-Arranged by Brigade Surgeon Frank G. Porter." LL: "Sketched by A.E. Mathews, 31st Regt. O.V.U.S.A." LR: Lithographed by EFC. Two tone lithograph. 10 3/4 x 16 3/4. [CHS; LOC]
- "Shiloh Church." LR: "Sktetched [sic] by A.E. Mathews, 31st. Regt. O.V.." LR: Lithographed by EFC. Two tone lithograph. 6 1/8 x 8 5/8. [LOC; CHS]
- "Shiloh Spring." LR: "Sktetched [sic] by A.E. Mathews, 31st. Regt. O.V.." LR: Lithographed by EFC. Two tone lithograph. 6 1/8 x 8 5/8. [LOC; CHS]
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- Album of the Campaign of 1861 in Western Virginia. Drawn and lithographed by J.N. Roesler. With marbled boards and red cloth back, and three ties. Blue label with gold letters. Sheet size: 13 x 17. A portfolio of 20 lithographs. There is no evident order to the prints, which are loose in the binder. All on paper: 13 x 17, but the images vary in size.
All prints have:
- LL: "Sketched fr. nature & drawn on stone by J. Nep. Roesler Corpl. of Color 41th. Regt. O.V."
- LC: "Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1862 by J. Nep. Roesler in the Clerks office of the District Court of the Southern District of Ohio."
- LR: "Printed by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Cincinnati"
- "Battle At Carnifax Ferry."
- "Camp, Gauley Bridge."
- "Crossing Little Birch River to Bulltown."
- "Crossing To Fayetteville."
- "Fall Near The Log House. Camp Anderson."
- "Log House On Miller's Ferry. Camp Anderson."
- "March the Landing."
- "Picket On Lover's Leap, (Road to the Log House) Camp Anderson."
- "Pickets In The Woods after the Engagament [sic] near the Drill Ground, C. Andrsn."
- "Pickets On The Road fr. Cp. Andrsn to Tompkins' Farm."
- "Skirmishing, New River."
- "Thunder-Storm. (Big Sewll Mountain.) (Reconnoissance [sic].)"
- "Tompkin's Farm. (Camp Gauley Mount.)"
- "View From Hawk's Nest towards the East."
- "View From Hawk's Nest towards the West."
- "View near Gauley Ferry."
- "Advance in the Woods C. Andrsn."
- "Fall, on the Road between Tompkin's Farm & Gauley Bridge W.V."
- "Hawk's Nest. 800 fee high, on New River, W.V."
- "Picket, on New River Camp Anderson W.V."
- Portfolios of Civil War portraits Cincinnati, late 1862 to early 1864. Folio sheets (ca. 16 1/2 x 12 1/2). Uncolored lithographs by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., Cincinnati, unless stated otherwise.
Perhaps in late 1861, but certainly by mid-1862, the Cincinnati lithographic firm of Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. began to issue a series of portraits of Civil War figures: politicians as well as military and naval officers. [ Go to description and full listing of these portrait prints ] One of the most unusual features of the series of prints is that, during the Civil War, they were sold in bound portfolios. Four different portfolios of these prints have been identified, and two other groupings of prints (at the Library of Congress and the Clements Library) may also have been sold as portfolios. The existence of a number of these portfolios and their common characteristics--similar order, bindings, use of same non-Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. prints of George Washington and General Scott, etc.--make it fairly certain that these were put together by one source rather than gathered by different collectors who had purchased the prints separately. There is no evidence whether it was Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. who issued these portfolios or a book/printseller in Cincinnati in the 1860s, but clearly these volumes were initially sold as bound portfolios of Civil War figures.
[ Abraham Lincoln | Portraits | Political Cartoons | Miscellaneous ]
- "Abraham Lincoln."
- After Mathew Brady photograph. "Abraham Lincoln." Ca. 1864. Lithograph. Vignette, ca. 8 x 7.
A portrait of Lincoln based on a Mathew Brady photograph taken Feb. 9, 1864.
- Albert Ruger. "Funeral Car of President Abraham Lincoln passing the State House at Columbus, April 29. Columbus: S. Selleck & Co., 1865. (Filed with LOC June 27, 1865.) LC: "Published by S. Selleck & Co. Nos. 156 & 158 South High Str. Corner of Town Str., Columbus O." LR: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Lith. Cin. Two toned lithograph. 10 7/8 x 16. [LOC]
Illustrated in Holzer, The Lincoln Image, p. 407. Very similar to the following print, but with a different publisher and slightly different angle.
- Albert Ruger. "Funeral Car used at the Obsequies of the late Pres. A. Lincoln at Columbus, O. April 29th. 1865." Columbus, O.: J.H. Studer, 1865. (Filed in LOC, June 10, 1865.) LL: "Drawn by Albert Ruger U.S.A." LR: "Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Lith. Cin." LC: "Published by J.H. Studer, 17 E. State Str. Columbus O." Two tone lithograph. 10 1/2 x 16. [HSC; Warren Lincoln Library; LOC]
Very similar to the print above, but with a different publisher and slightly different angle.
- "President Lincoln, Writing The Proclamation of Freedom. January 1st 1863." After a painting by David Gilmour Blythe. Pittsburgh: M. Depuy, 1864. Chromolithograph. 18 1/4 x 14 1/4. [LOC: Reilly: 1863-1]
"The extreme rarity of these prints today suggest that Ehrgott & Forbriger's enthusiasm for Blythe's complex original was not shared by the audience for lithographs at that time." (Holzer et al., The Lincoln Image, p.105 (Fig. 50)
We have documented three political cartoons, from the LOC, drawn by the same unidentified artist. Weitenkampf lists two other cartoons by the same artist, also done by Ehrgott & Forbriger, but these are not now in the LOC collections and we have not seen an example of either.
- "John Brough./ Union Candidate For Governor, 1863." 1863. Oval portrait (ca. 15 x 12). Signed with initials in image, possibly "J.G." Two tone lithograph. [CL]
This is from the same photographic original as the full figure portrait in Civil War portfolio.
- J. Shoke. "J.C. Breckinridge." 1860. Recorded in Peters, American On Stone, p. 170.
- "P.G. Sire, James B. Nicholson." "Premium Plate to 'Odd Fellows Companion' and 'Der Odd Fellow.'" Cincinnati: M.C. Lilly & Co., 1867. Deposited in LOC, September 18, 1867. Two tone lithograph. Vignette, ca. 17 x 14. [LOC]
- "That Feed Won't Do" Listed by Weitenkampf.
- "Strayed." Printed & copyrighted by Ehrgott & Forbriger. Deposited in LOC June 25, 1861. Lithograph. 24.2 x 38.6 cm. [LOC: Reilly 1861-31; Weitenkampf, pp. 130-31]
- "Volunteering Down Dixie." Printed & copyrighted by Ehrgott & Forbriger. Deposited in LOC July 8, 1861. Lithograph. 25 x 37 cm. [LOC: Reilly 1861-33; Weitenkampf: p.132]
- "Wait 'Till the War Is Over." Listed by Weitenkampf.
- "Ye Conference. 'Not Any We Thank You Mr. Davis.'" Printed & copyrighted by Ehrgott & Forbriger. Deposited in LOC May 30, 1861. Lithograph. 32.9 x 43.9 cm. [LOC: Reilly, 1861-32; Weitenkampf, p. 1829]
- "Diagram Of The Federal Government And American Union, By Mendal Shafer Attorney and Counsellor at Law. Cincinnati." Cincinnati: Shafer, 1861. LL: "Lithogd. By Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co.; published by Mendal Shafer, Cin. O." 22 3/8 x 28 3/4. Hand colored lithograph.
A diagram of the relationships between different parts of the government. There is a color key in bottom left: red for power, white for Justice, and blue for Allegiance. At the top is the Constitution, and under this are Executive (with a picture of Washington), Legislature (with a picture the of Senate and House), and over to the right is the Supreme Court (illustrated). Below these are the states (34, including the southern states), and off to the sides are two vague "Territory." Each states has its own pyramid of power in miniature and each state is linked to each other by Allegiance. Six "Arms" go off (3 per side) from Executive, each with a small vignette: War, Navy, Treasury, Interior -Indian & Land Affairs, U.S. Mail, Friendly Arm -Secretary of State. In upper left corner is a small circle with portraits of "The seven Builders and leading spirits of the revolution." Just above this is a vignette of a Civil War battle scene captioned "The Tree of Liberty nourished by the Blood of Patriots." This shows the tree of Liberty (with captions of Liberty, Equal Rights, Progress, Union, Happiness, Arts, Prosperity, Justice, and Science) thriving in the midst the Union (a city with dome in background), while the tree of rebellion (with captions of Slavery, Tyranny, Succession, and other impossible to read words) withers in the midst of the Confederate troops. In upper right is Columbia riding a golden eagle, holding the American flag and wearing the cap of liberty and pointing her sword onward. Just below is the seal of the United States and the words: 'The Perpetuity of the Government Depends Upon The Intelligence of the People." [HF]
- "Diagram of the Federal Government and American Union. By N. Mendal Shafer. Attorney and Counsellor of Law, Office No. 9 Masonic Temple, Cincinnati." Cincinnati: J.T. Pompilly. Copyrighted by N. Mendal Shafer, 1861. Filed with LOC, July 15, 1862. In LR: "Lith by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Published by J.T. Pompilly, Cin. O." Chromolithograph. 19 x 25. [LOC]
A similar diagram to that above, but with differences. The Executive is represented by image of Lincoln surrounded by portraits of his cabinet. This diagram includes 43 states & territories (including southern). The Civil War vignette on the left has no caption, and below it is the "Diagram of the Courts of the State of Ohio and the United States." Also, the six side vignettes are different (left to right) "Army," "Navy," "Treasury"/ "Interior" "P.O. Dept.", "State Department." There is no Color key.
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