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"The Soldier's Dream of Home", a patriotic American Civil War print, showing a soldier in Union blue (with "U.S." belt-buckle) sleeping in a military camp, with a letter from home by his side, and dreaming of being happily reunited with his family. The four corners around the central oval are filled with U.S. heraldic shields against a star-spangled background. The poem at bottom reads:
- "Stretched on the ground the war-worn soldier sleeps,
- Beside the lurid watch fire's fitful glare;
- And dreams that on the field of fame he reaps
- Renown and honors which he hastes to share
- With those beloved ones who gathering come,
- To bid their hero husband father "wellcome home".
- Fond dreamer, may thy blissful vision be
- A true foreshadowing of the fates to thee."
("Fond" presumably does not mean "foolish" here, as it does in much other 19th century elevated poetic diction!)
Edited from image http://memory.loc.gov/master/pnp/cph/3b50000/3b50000/3b50800/3b50888u.tif on the Library of Congress website.
Bibliographic information found on the Loc site:
TITLE: The soldier's dream of home
CALL NUMBER: PGA - Currier & Ives--Old Conn. (A size) [P&P]
REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZC2-3014 (color film copy slide) LC-USZ62-95857 (b&w film copy neg.)
SUMMARY: Union soldier lying by campfire, with rifle, drum and letter, dreaming of his welcome home by his wife and child; camp in background.
MEDIUM: 1 print : lithograph, hand color.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: New York : Published by Currier & Ives, [between 1861 and 1865]
CREATOR: Currier & Ives.
NOTES: Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné‚ / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 5994. No. 200.
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military life--Union.
FORMAT: Lithographs Hand colored 1860-1870.
VIDEO FRAME ID: LCPP003B-50888 (from color film copy slide) LCPP003B-41988 (from b&w film copy neg.)
CARD #: 91787341
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