Jump to navigation
5 to one ha.
Patriotic envelope collection. Series I: Civil War envelopes, 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society
Pictorial Envelope: 1 envelope; 3 x 5 1/2 in. Uncle Sam as a soldier stands with a rooster and an American flag as Confederate soldiers flee. White envelope with red-brown ink. Image on top-left. Printed below image: 'Entered according to Act of Congress by W. Wiswell in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of Ohio June 8th 1861. / 5 TO ONE HA [underlined].'
Uncle Sam is the personification of the United States of America. First given its unique name in 1813 by a meat packer from Troy, New York named Samuel Wilson, it was popularized in the 1860s and 1870s by the cartoonist Thomas Nast. About the Creator: Wiswell is likely William Wiswell, an engraver at 70 West 4th Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the copyright holder of the image that appears on this envelope.
Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)
Soldiers--Confederate States of America
This digital image may be used for educational or scholarly purposes without restriction. Commercial and other uses of the item are prohibited without prior written permission from the New-York Historical Society. For more information, please visit the New-York Historical Society's Rights and Reproductions Department web page at http://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions