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Patriotic envelope collection. Series I: Civil War envelopes, 1861-1865.
Upham, Samuel C. (Samuel Curtis), 1819-1885
New-York Historical Society
Pictorial Envelope: 1 envelope; 3 x 5 1/2 in. Wise blows through a tube into a contraption while McClellan looks on with sword drawn. Cream envelope with blue ink. Image on left side. Printed above image: 'A Blower.' Printed below image: 'Gen. McClellan. - I say, Wise, put / that thing up; everybody knows you're / a good blower, but you can't fight.' Printed at bottom-left of envelope: 'S. C. Upham, 310 Chestnut St.'
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885Wise, Henry A. (Henry Alexander), 1806-1876--Caricatures and cartoons
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George B. McClellan (December 3, 1826 - October 29, 1885) was a Union Major General during the American Civil War. He was later elected as the 24th Governor of New Jersey. Henry Alexander Wise (December 3, 1806 - September 12, 1876) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 8th congressional district, the 6th U.S. Minister to Brazil, and the 33rd Governor of Virginia directly preceeding the American Civil War. During the war, he was comissioned as a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. About the Creator: Attributed to Samuel Curtis Upham. Samuel Curtis Upham (February 1819-1885) was a small producer of stationery and toiletry supplies in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. He is widely known for havig printed tens of thousands of pieces of Confederate currency during the American Civil War, yet he likely had little or no intention of defrauding the Confederate authorities. He estimated that he sold approximately $50,000 of counterfeit money, actions which he attributed to having helped the Union war effort.