Civil War Envelope: 'Loyal To The Union: Illinois

Stars and Stamps Forever

In honor of Flag Day, a collection of Civil War-era stationery featuring Old Glory.

Throughout the Civil War, the American flag served as a potent symbol of the Union cause: Northerners flew it proudly, rallied around it, even put it on their stationery. These Civil War-era envelopes, digitized by the New-York Historical Society, feature an array of pro-Union slogans and images — President Lincoln, soldiers in Union dress — but the flag is a constant.

"OUR HEARTS ARE WITH OUR BROTHERS IN THE FIELD." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "OUR HEARTS ARE WITH OUR BROTHERS IN THE FIELD." "THE STARS AND STRIPES MUST COVER THE WHOLE." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "THE STARS AND STRIPES MUST COVER THE WHOLE."

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"UNITED FOREVER." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "UNITED FOREVER." "THE CHAMPION BELT." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "THE CHAMPION BELT." "RICHMOND HAS FALLEN!" The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "RICHMOND HAS FALLEN!"
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The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "LIBERTY AT PORT ROYAL." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "LIBERTY AT PORT ROYAL." "LOYAL TO THE UNION. STATE OF WISCONSIN." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "LOYAL TO THE UNION. STATE OF WISCONSIN." "CAMP DENNISON NEAR CINCINNATI" The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "CAMP DENNISON NEAR CINCINNATI" "OFF FOR THE WAR." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "OFF FOR THE WAR." "ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS THE MAN FOR THE CRISIS." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS THE MAN FOR THE CRISIS." "LAST WORDS." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "LAST WORDS." LUTHER C. LADD, of Alexandria, N.H., was shot in the Baltimore riot, April 19th, 1861, and bled to death on the same day. He was only 17 years of age. — Just before he expired, he exclaimed — "ALL HAIL TO THE STARS AND STRIPES!" "BOUND TO WAVE." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "BOUND TO WAVE." "5 TO ONE HA." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "5 TO ONE HA." "THE UNION FOREVER." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "THE UNION FOREVER." "THE UNION LOCOMOTIVE CLEARING THE SECESSION TRACK." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "THE UNION LOCOMOTIVE CLEARING THE SECESSION TRACK." "THE CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION." The New York Historical Society/Getty Images "THE CONSTITUTION AND THE UNION."



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