“THE MOST NOTORIOUS PRISON AFTER ANDERSONVILLE”: LARGE ILLUSTRATED CIVIL WAR BROADSIDE CONCERNING LIBBY PRISON IN RICHMOND
[FISHER, Captain Robert J.]. Officers of the United States: Army and Navy: Prisoners of War. Libby Prison, Richmond, Va. [Cincinnati: Ehrgott, Forbriger, 1864]. Broadside measures approximately 24 inches by 31 inches, handsomely framed. $4500.
Handsome engraved broadside listing officers imprisoned at Libby Prison in Richmond, “the most notorious prison after Andersonville” (Boatner, 482).
Contains at top center a Union war eagle nestled in the Stars and Stripes; four separate cartouches of scenes from Libby Prison; engravings of four soldiers; the names of the northern states in an oval pattern interspersed with floral designs and the names of numerous battles; and, in the center, a list of Union officers at Libby, headed by Brigadier Generals Neal Dow and E. P. Scammon. The Cincinnati firm of Ehrgott and Forbriger is noted for a series of over 70 broadsides it issued during the civil war that featured Union military and government figures. The top and bottom edges have been slightly shaved, losing a bit of image from the top and bottom, including the imprint, which read “designed and executed with a pen in Libby Prison” by Captain Robert J. Fisher from the 17th Missouri Volunteers.
Slight darkening in two bands across middle. A rare piece in excellent condition, very handsomely framed.