Soldiers-Dream CI AmericanCivilWar



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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.
  • Soldiers--Union--1860-1870.
  • Daydreaming--1860-1870.

FORMAT: Lithographs Hand colored 1860-1870.

DIGITAL ID: (color film copy slide) cph 3b50888 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b50888 (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b41988 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b41988

VIDEO FRAME ID: LCPP003B-50888 (from color film copy slide) LCPP003B-41988 (from b&w film copy neg.)

CARD #: 91787341


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