• Creator
  • Strobridge Lithography Company, 1867 - 1961
  • Created Date
  • 1878
  • Description
  • Several flash points contributed to the start of the Civil War. One was the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America at the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 18, 1861. Others included the secession of South Carolina in December 1860; the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861, which triggered President Lincoln’s immediate call for 75,000 troops to protect th... more
    Several flash points contributed to the start of the Civil War. One was the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America at the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 18, 1861. Others included the secession of South Carolina in December 1860; the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861, which triggered President Lincoln’s immediate call for 75,000 troops to protect the nation’s capital; the Union occupation of northern Virginia in late May; and the first major battle at Manassas in July. This 1878 chromolithograph, published thirteen years after the Confederacy surrendered, commemorates Davis’s inauguration and invokes the once-sunny optimism of a proud people at what they considered the birth of a new nation. less
  • Format
  • Chromolithograph on paper
  • Rights
  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution