Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States. [With signature facsimile.]From the Original Portrait by E-D Marchant, painted at the White House in 1863 and Now in the Possession of the Union League of Philadelphia.
Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1864, by E.D.Marchant in the Clerks Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Mezzotint, image 330 x 250mm. 13 x 9¾". Stained and soiled. Trimmed, missing publication line.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. Painted to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. Inscribed 'Proof' lower left. In 1860 under his presidency South Carolina secedes from the Union. Followed within two months by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. A bloody civil war then engulfed the nation as Lincoln vowed to preserve the Union, enforce the laws of the United States, and end the secession. What started as a war to preserve the Union and vindicate democracy became a battle for freedom and a war to end slavery when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863. Although the Proclamation did not free all slaves in the nation—indeed, no slaves outside of the Confederacy were affected by the Proclamation—it was an important symbolic gesture that identified the Union with freedom and the death of slavery. As part of the Proclamation, Lincoln also urged black males to join the Union forces as soldiers and sailors. By the end of the war, nearly two hundred thousand African Americans had fought for the Union cause, and Lincoln referred to them as indispensable in ensuring Union victory.
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