Original Currier & Ives Hand Colored Lithograph of the Civil War Battle of Bull Run
Currier & Ives Hand Colored Civil War Lithograph | Entitled “Col. Michael Corcoran at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. – July 21st 1861 : The desperate and bloody charge of the “Gallant Sixty-Ninth,” on the Rebel Batteries” | This is an Original Hand Colored Currier & Ives Civil War Lithograph
Extraordinary Antique Currier & Ives Hand Colored Civil War Lithograph | Entitled “Col. Michael Corcoran at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. – July 21st 1861 : The desperate and bloody charge of the ‘Gallant Sixty-Ninth,’ on the Rebel Batteries” | This is an Original Hand Colored Currier & Ives Civil War Lithograph | This hand colored stone lithograph by Currier and Ives depicts a major battle of the Civil War | The work is attractively framed to approx. 21″ x 17″ | Condition: Very Good Condition consistent with age | This is an authentic original Currier & Ives Hand Colored Lithograph and NOT a print reproduction.
Michael Corcoran (September 21, 1827 – December 22, 1863) was an Irish-born American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War and a close confidant of President Abraham Lincoln. As its colonel, he led the 69th New York Regiment to Washington, D.C. and was one of the first to serve in the defense of Washington by building Fort Corcoran. Corcoran led the 69th into action at the First Battle of Bull Run, but was taken prisoner by the CSA.
Although Currier & Ives described the Union forces as “gallant” in this print’s title, the North was ill prepared for such a battle. The Confederate spy network forewarned its soldiers of the impending Union attack, which allowed Southern reinforcements to move into the area. When the 6,500 Confederate soldiers attacked the Union forces, they let loose a scream that was to become known as the “Rebel Yell.” The onslaught was too much for the untrained and exhausted Union army and they retreated in panic. The Union lost 460 men, 1,124 were wounded and 1,312 were captured or missing. The Confederacy lost 387 men and 1,582 were wounded.
Colonel Michael Corcoran was an Irish immigrant who served in the Union army. He enlisted as a private in the 69th New York militia and by 1859 he was appointed colonel of the regiment. He was instrumental in bringing other Irish immigrants to the Union cause, and Currier & Ives included a flag with an Irish harp in the image. In this print, Corcoran is shown mounted on a white horse leading his troops into battle. Currier & Ives emphasized the drama of the all-out fighting scene through the use of active diagonals formed by the rifles and bayonets and with the addition of several wounded soldiers in the immediate foreground.
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Col. Michael Corcoran at the Battle of Bull Run, Va. – July 21st 1861