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[Civil War]
THE LIBBY PRISON MINSTRELS!
[N.p., likely Richmond, 1863. Printed broadside, 16 x 5 3/4 inches. Original folds, minor separations at crossfolds. Light foxing, old faint tideline in upper edge. Very good. A rare Confederate imprint in the form of a broadside playbill advertising a Christmas Eve theatrical and musical performance by captured Union officers held inside Libby Prison at Richmond, Virginia. The Union prisoners had organized themselves into a troupe called the "Libby Prison Minstrels." The program is divided into three parts, with each part listing the names of the performers, their instrument of choice, song titles, or type of dance. In the second and third portions of the show, certain members of the troupe participated in three theatrical presentations entitled, "Rival Lovers," "Countryman in a Photograph Gallery," and "Masquerade Ball." The whole is concluded with something called the "Grand Walk- Around." The cost to attend the performance is noted as "FREE - Children in Arms Not Admitted." The broadside is signed at bottom by "Adjt. R.C. Knaggs, Business Agent." Robert Clark Knaggs, a Michigan officer and prisoner at Libby, would later manage Gunther's Libby Prison War Museum in Chicago (whose records are held by the Chicago History Museum). An important aspect of the present broadside lies in the fact that so many of the prisoners inside Libby Prison are identified here by name. The program manager Lt. G.W. Chandler fought under General Farnsworth at Gettysburg, where he was captured and sent to Libby. More interesting still is the story of the treasurer listed here, H.W. Sawy … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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