August 3, 2011

Patriotism in Lancaster: S. H. Zahm Patriotic Covers
(Part 2 of 2)

(Parts 1 2)

One of the more interesting questions needed for a comprehensive understanding of the Civil War North is, What drove the North's hostility toward the South?  Was it the attack on Fort Sumter?  Slavery politics of the 1850s that even extended to events in Lancaster County with the Christiana Riot?  Deeply held beliefs about the threat of secession to democracy and the Constitution?

Anyway, those are complex questions that require more scouring of decades' worth of primary sources with special attention to the election of 1860, secession winter, and April 1861.  It looks like Gary Gallagher's The Union War answers some of those questions, but I haven't read it yet.  I'll probably come back to it, though, in the context of 79th Pennsylvania soldiers.

So, for now, let's just have some fun with anti-Confederate sentiment through the S. H. Zahm patriotic covers.

"Black Drop" (vws)
I don't really know why Zahm would have cared so much about Confederate Gen. Gideon Pillow.  Perhaps he just liked the name.  Note the accompanying security blanket. 
"Gen. Pillow, C.S.A." (vws)
In case the following reference goes over your head, many Northerners suspected President Buchanan's cabinet, including Secretary of the Treasury Howell Cobb of Georgia, of using their time in Washington to preparing the South to fight the Civil War long before April 1861.    
"Where the Money went. With (Cobb) of Georgia." (Ebay)
"Jeff. Davis' Countenance, As it appeared before the war." (vws)
Rotating 180 degrees...
"As it will appear after the war." (vws)

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