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Black soldiers in the military... focus on Louisiana...

Item # 698362

March 07, 1863

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, March 7, 1863  The front page has a large print showing Black soldiers captioned: "Pickets of the First Louisiana 'Native Guard' Guarding the New Orleans...Railroad" with a related article, plus: "The Old Slave Laws".
The back page has the illustration: "A Queer Rencontre", which shows a black soldier being confronted by his former master. The above are two rather interesting illustrations considering Frederick Douglass had just given his famous "Men of Color, To Arms!" speech in Rochester, New York a mere 5 days prior to this issue's publication.
Inside has a nice full page of: "Grand Masquerade Ball of the Arion Society at Niblo's Theatre, New York". The doublepage centerfold shows: "Sketches of the South & Southern Life in Louisiana" in 11 vignettes.
Another full page shows: "Revival of the Old Slave Laws of Louisiana--A Scene in New Orleans--Arrest of Contrabands [escaping slaves]...".
Sixteen pages, never bound nor trimmed so it folds out to one large sheet, however there is much wear at the margins with various small margin tears, otherwise the issue is in good condition.

Item from Catalog 342 (released for May, 2024)

Category: Yankee