Volck, Adalbert John (1828-1912) Counterfeit Confederate notes publicly offered for sale in the "City of Brotherly Love"
High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.
Depicts a disreputable fellow, cigarette in mouth, motioning toward a broker's office which bears a sign that reads: "Counterfeit Confederate Treasury Notes for Sale. Soldiers under orders to the South supplied with lots to suit at reasonable rates." Two men with him appear to be examining the notes he has purchased. A rather effeminate officer, replete with puffy bloomers and a tiny waist using his saber as a walking stick, stands in the doorway to the establishment. Around the corner is the "Bible House," which advertises "Tracts for Soldiers." Volck is commenting on what he sees as the hypocrisy of the North's economic, social and cultural establishment. Size in extent is for the mount. The actual size of the etching is 20.1 x 26.6 cm. Title in pencil on verso.
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.
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.