Thomas Nast's Original "The
Union Christmas" Civil War Print
This is probably the most touching and moving
Abraham Lincoln print to come out of the Civil War era. The leaf was printed
on December 31, 1864, and Thomas Nast was the artist. The print shows Mr.
Lincoln standing at the door, inviting the Southern Rebels to come in from
the cold and snow, and rejoin the union.
Thomas Nast "The Union Christmas"
(Click on Image for Enlarged View)
A large banquet table has
been prepared, and the table has empty chares labeled Georgia, North
Carolina, South Carolina and so forth. The print has a large banner that
reads, "The Union Christmas Dinner, Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward
Men." The print has four insets, one showing Robert E. Lee offering his
surrender to Grant (something that did happen a few months later. The second
inset is captioned, "Lay Down your Arms and You Will be Welcome", which
shows Rebel Soldiers being welcomed back into the Union. The third inset
presents the Rebels as the prodigal son returning home, and the forth inset
shows a soldier bowing down to accept a pardon from Lady Liberty.
For all the pain and all
the loss of the Civil War, we see by the end of 1864, there were signs of
hope. Nast creates this image of hope by showing a country tired of
war, and willing to invite their former countrymen to once again sit at the
table of fellowship and Union. Within three months of this image being
made, Mr. Lincoln was dead, assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
However, Nast's vision of a country once again united did come to pass.
We hope you enjoy this complete Gallery of
the Civil War works of Thomas Nast. We have created this digital
archive for the use of researchers and students of Thomas Nast. Please
remember that the digitally enhanced images are Copyright ©
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A Note to our Readers
We created this
Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for
posterity. We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs
available for a price of $250 each. The proceeds from the sale of the
material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our
site. Please contact
if you are interested in acquiring one of these original leafs.