The Steamer "Planter" and Her Captor; [Civil War]
Price: 100.00 USD
New York: Harper's, 1862. Woodcut. Sheet measures 15.75" x 11". Shows a small tear at left margin, image unaffected. In very good condition. Pages 371/372 of the June 14, 1862 edition of Harper's Magazine. Images at top show Robert Smalls and the Confederate gun-boat "Planter". These images are accompanied by the initial six paragraphs of the article relating "one of the most daring and heroic adventures since the war commenced," in which Smalls, a small crew, and their family members escaped slavery in Charleston by commandeering the Confederate gun-boat and running it the safety of USS Wabash, a US Navy steam ship at Port Royal, SC. At the bottom of the sheet is an image titled "Feeding the Negro Children Under Charge of the Military Authorities at Hilton Head, South Carolina". Harper's Weekly was a New York-based illustrated political magazine published from 1857 until 1916. The magazine featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor. Its most well-known contributor was Thomas Nast, who made his career doing political cartoons for the publication. very good(+).