Patriotic cover with a color illustration of "Maj. Gen. Peck’s Headquarters at Suffolk, Va. 1. and the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry Camp (Col Spears.)”. Charles Magnus.

Patriotic cover with a color illustration of "Maj. Gen. Peck’s Headquarters at Suffolk, Va. 1. and the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry Camp (Col Spears.)”

New York: Chas. Magnus, circa 1862-1863. Envelope or Cover.

This colorful unused Civil War patriotic cover is titled “Maj. Gen. Peck’s Headquarters at Suffolk, Va. 1. And the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry Camp (Col Spears.) There are two illustrations on this envelope. The lower illustration shows Peck’s headquarters complex. The upper illustration shows the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry’s encampment including its sutler’s store, bakery, stables, officer’s tents, etc. It is in nice shape.

General Peck was given command of all Union troops in Virginia south of the James River after his distinguished performance at the Battle of Malvern Hill. During Confederate General James Longstreet’s Tidewater Campaign, Peck led the union defense which withstood the siege of Suffolk, protecting the Union naval yards at Norfolk and Portsmouth. The 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry was part of Peck’s force. Very good. Item #009361

Magnus, a New York City printing entrepreneur, is known for his color lithographs of city views, song sheets, maps, and patriotic illustrations for stationery and covers during the American Civil War. His work was especially popular, and he is best-known for the extensive variety of high-quality illustrated envelopes he published. He produced his covers using steel, copper, and stone plates, hand and stencil coloring, and color lithography. Magnus, himself, applied the final coloring on his most complex works.

Although examples of these Magnus envelopes occasionally turn up for sale on eBay, as of 2019, no others are currently for sale in the trade and there are no auction records for these covers in the Rare Book Hub database. OCLC shows no examples of the Suffolk envelope held by any institution.

Price: $150.00

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