Richmond: Allen & Ginter, [c.1880s]. Broadside, printed and illustrated on silk, 6-1/4" x 9-1/4." The top half advertises "Richmond Straight Cut No. 1 Cigarettes" with a lithographic portrait of a Virginia Cavalier wearing a hat and smoking a cigarette; the bottom half is a lithographic bust illustration of George H. Thomas, whose name is printed beneath it. The top and bottom halves are separated by a rule. Crudely trimmed, light spotting. Good+.
George Henry Thomas [1816-1870], a native Virginian, was a General in the Union Army during the Civil War. He made his reputation as "the Rock of Chickamauga" at the Battles of Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and Chattanooga. Although he owned slaves before the War, his experience commanding black troops at Nashville converted him to a supporter of emancipation and freedom for blacks. [Einolf, C. "George H. Thomas (1816–1870)." Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 27 Dec. 2013]. Item #36013