Map of the Seat of War
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Patriotic covers were a popular form of visual propaganda and became a collector’s item during the Civil War. Produced both in the North and South, these envelopes featured patriotic imagery and slogans, although some—primarily printed in the North—employed stereotypical and exaggerated images of the speech, dress, and physical characteristics of African Americans.
This cover offers a rough sketch of the geography of the war and features a stereotypical vignette of “de innocent cause” of the war.