OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND NAVY PRISONERS OF WAR. LIBBY PRISON, RICHMOND, VA. Libby Prison.

OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND NAVY PRISONERS OF WAR. LIBBY PRISON, RICHMOND, VA.

Cincinnati: Ehrgott, Forbiger & Co., [1864]. Finely detailed elephant folio lithograph, 26-1/2" x 31-1/2. Decorative listing in script of more than 500 army officers by rank, followed by a shorter list of naval officers. Designed and executed with a pen in Libby Prison by Capt. Robert J. Fisher of the 17th Missouri Volunteers while a prisoner. Matted and housed in an attractive, modern wood frame. Light uniform toning, Very Good plus.

The list is surmounted by a patriotic eagle, and is decoratively surrounded by the name of each State in the Union. The print features oval vignettes in each corner depicting scenes of Libby Prison, Belle Island, and Castle Thunder, in Richmond, VA.
From the University of Virginia description: "The list of names of the officers is surrounded by an elaborate floriated oval border listing states of the Union, with names and dates of battles. A large eagle and flag motif is at the head; 2 sailors stand in the right curve of the oval, and 2 soldiers in the left curve; cartouches in each corner of the sheet depict (from upper left, clockwise), 'Front view of Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.,' 'Belle Island, Richmond, Va.,' 'Castle Thunder, Richmond, Va.,' and 'A scene in Libby'. Fisher's name appears in list of prisoners under heading 'Lieut'nants' as R.J. Fisher, 17 Mo."
OCLC records nine locations as of November 2021 under several accession numbers. Item #37865

Price: $4,500.00

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