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Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Confederate war etchings

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00493 Author/Creator: Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: 1880-1890 circa Pagination: 29 etchings

Summary of Content: This portfolio is a reprint of the original 1863 publication. The twenty-nine etchings by Volck were originally published under the name "V. Blada." Made during the Civil War, the etchings show sympathy for the Confederate cause, and distaste for warfare in general. It sardonically illustrates events that allegedly took place in the North and South from New York and Baltimore to Charleston and Vicksburg between 1861 and 1863. Lincoln's ideals and actions are caricatured, as are such topics as Union army conscription methods, Northern treatment of African Americans, and the behavior of the Union and Confederate armies. Several scenes of events in Baltimore highlight the city residents' early ambivalence toward the war cause and effort. The etchings were not popularized during the war, perhaps because Volck worked in Northern-held Baltimore, but became a tool for the Lost Cause effort by Southerners after the war. A 30th folder in the box is a collateral folder containing a small pamphlet titled "Photographs of Dr. Volck's Work Collected by George M. Anderson, D.D.S." It appears to be a museum exhibition pamphlet and contains a short biography of Volck and a listing of the 29 images shown. The photographs were of silver work Volck did and some of the etchings. Provides short description for each item. Certificate of Authenticity has a statement by the Authenticator Brian Green: "This appears to be a post-War (circa 1880's) printing." Each print is pasted to a mount and is in an individual folder that has been decimalized. See the decimalized entries for more information. The original covers are in one folder, while the index is removed and in another folder.

Background Information: Adalbert John Volck was a dentist, political cartoonist, and a caricaturist who sympathized with the Southern cause. During the Civil War, Volck supported the Confederacy through his satirical political cartoons. ...He also smuggled drugs and medical supplies for the Confederate army, and served as a personal courier to President Jefferson Davis. See More

People: Volck, Adalbert J

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmCivil RightsUnion ForcesConfederate States of AmericaAfrican American HistoryPresidentConscriptionMilitary HistoryPropaganda

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