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Patriotic envelope collection. Series I: Civil War envelopes, 1861-1865.
Reagles & Co.
New-York Historical Society
Pictorial Envelope: 1 envelope; 3 x 5 1/2 in. Union sailor standing in front of flag, shield, and eagle. White envelope with grey ink. Image on left. Printed below image: 'A BLOW FOR THE UNION.' Printed at right of image, below eight stars: 'HATTERAS.'
Flags--United StatesArmorSailors--United StatesEagles
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The image on this envelope is likely in reference to the Battle of Hatteras Inlet in August 1861. Confederate forces and enslaved African Americans constructed Fort Clark at Hatteras Inlet, and Union ships soon began a bombardment on August 2, 1861. 700 Confederate soldiers surrendered after dawn. About the Creator: Reagles & Co. manufactured this envelope, and may also have been the copyright holder of the image that appears on this envelope.