From the early days of the war, Cincinnati printmakers Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. began to issue a series of portraits of Civil War figures: politicians as well as military and naval officers. They included this striking image of Ellsworth, with his Zouaves seen in the background, as he was one of the first Union heroes. $275
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Col. E.E. Ellsworth. From Prang's Officers of our Union Army and Navy. Their Lives, Their Portraits. Boston: L. Prang & Co., 1862. Lithograph Ca. 3 1/2 x 2 1/2. Very good condition. Denver.
A rare portrait of Ellsworth from an unusual series of small portraits of Union officers issued early in the Civil War by Louis Prang from Boston, better known for his later chromolithographs. The title page says that this was "Vol. 1" and Prang talks in the preface about future volumes, requesting officers to send him photographs and biographies, but this was the only volume issued. Based on a photograph, this portrait comes with a short biography, which Prang says was supplied either by the subject himself or "their intimate acquaintances and person friends." $45
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"Colonel Ellsworth's New York Fire Zouaves." From Harper's Weekly. New York: May 18, 1861. 9 x 13 3/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
Ellsworth, who admired the Algerian Zouaves, who fought in the French army in Northern Africa, and he designed the uniforms for his volunteer regiment based on the Zouave uniforms. This elaborate and gaudy uniforms, combined with the dashing colonel's friendship with Lincoln, ensured that Ellsworth and his troops were among the most recognized in the army at the beginning of the war. $35
"Ellsworth's Zouaves" collage including "Getting Rations," "Cooking Dinner," and "Camp of Ellsworth's N.Y. Fire Zouaves." From Harper's Weekly. New York, June 8, 1861. 9 1/4 x 13 3/4. Wood engraving. $40
"Secessionist Prisoner Captured at Alexandria.-The Marshall House at Alexandria.-The Murder of Colonel Ellsworth." From Harper's Weekly. New York,June 15, 1861. Cover illustration, 9 1/8 x 10 7/8. Wood engraving.
The death of Ellsworth was huge news throughout the North, so Harper's Weekly included this front page collage and story on the topic. Also reported that the circulation of the paper had increased to 115,000 copies. NA
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