Philadelphia: P.S. Duval & Son, LIth. . Broadside lithograph, oblong 10-1/8" x 6-3/4." Some foxing at the margins, else Very Good.
This is an extremely rare lithograph by Duval depicting General Joe Johnston's surrender of his army to General Sherman on April 18. "Peter Stephen Duval, the most prominent Philadelphia lithographer of the 19th-century, was born ca. 1804/5 in France. He emigrated from France to Philadelphia in the fall of 1831 to accept a job as a lithographer with the printing firm of Childs & Inman. By 1837 he had established his own lithographic printing shop and remained in business until his retirement in 1869" [online Library Company article on Duval.]
"Sherman studies the surrender terms as his vanquished opponent, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston, waits with evident unease in this rare depiction of the meeting at the Bennett House in Durham, North Carolina. The print erred in showing the principals with their staffs; Sherman remembered that 'we were alone together.' Unlike Appomattox, the Bennett House surrender quickly had a shadow cast over it when the War Department disallowed Sherman's terms, and this scene never rivalled the meeting of Lee and Grant in iconographic memory." [Neely and Holzer, THE UNION IMAGE: POPULAR PRINTS OF THE CIVIL WAR NORTH. UNC Press: 2000. Page 194, Figure 98]. In our copy, the face of the man standing behind Sherman differs slightly from the Neely-Holzer illustration.
Neely & Holzer 194. Not located in Reilly, Weitenkampf, Bartlett, Sabin, Eberstadt, LCP, or on OCLC or the AAS online site as of January 2021. Item #37368