Stereotypical depiction of two slaves celebrating the fact that they have been declared contraband. The words "D. Murphy's Son, Print. 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Street, N.Y." appear to the left of the image. The image is a reference to General Benjamin Butler's "contraband" policy, by which escaping slaves reaching Union lines would not be returned to slavery. Butler, a trained attorney, used Virginia's secession to argue that under international law that escaped slaves were "contraband of war" and he was not required to return them to their former owners.
This is one of several Patriotic covers I am presently listing of that came out of a large period folio scrapbook of Political & Patriotic covers.
Each cover was carefully pasted in this large folio by the owner who collected these as a small child through the Civil War all the way through his life span which ended during World War 2.
The cover will be sent to you with the thin scrapbook backing that the cover was attached to. I have not made any attempt to remove the thin paper from the back of each envelope to insure the covers originality.
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