This historic presentation collection captures the essence of the American Civil war. It includes an original civil-war era dated Cleveland & Toledo Railroad Company stock certificate, a $30 Confederate bond coupon, and three modern prints of Abraham Lincoln, Stonewall Jackson, and the Gettysburg Address. This assortment makes a great gift for American history buffs and military enthusiasts alike.
The American Civil War (1861 – 1865) was fought over the secession of the Confederacy. In response to the election of an anti-slavery Republican as President, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ("the Confederacy"); the other 25 states supported the federal government ("the Union"). In an attempt to raise capital, the Confederacy issued bonds with interest-bearing payment coupons, like the one offered in this collection. The war was one of the earliest true industrial wars. Railroads, like the Cleveland & Toledo Company, featured here, played pivotal roles in the transport of men, supplies, and ammunition. After four years of warfare, mostly within the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered, and slavery was outlawed everywhere in the nation. The Civil War remains the deadliest war in American history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 750,000 soldiers and an undetermined number of civilian casualties. The death toll has been estimated at 10% of all Northern males 20–45 years old, and 30% of all Southern white males aged 18–40. Victory for the North meant the end of the Confederacy and of slavery in the United States—strengthening the role of the federal government. The social, political, economic, and racial issues of the war decisively shaped the reconstruction era that lasted through 1877.
Stock Certificate: Roughly 12 x 6 inches. Confederate Bond Coupon: 3.5 x 1.5 inches. Prints: Abraham Lincoln (10 x 13 inches), Stonewall Jackson (8.5 x 5.5 inches), and Gettysburg Address (13.5 x 6.5 inches). 11 x 7.5
- Year of Issue: 1861 - 1864
- Number of Certificates Included: 5
The collection will be housed in 1 polybag with a chipboard backing, ready for safe storage, display, or framing. The certificate and prints are not affixed to the backing and can be freely removed.