We have a very limited number of these antique Civil War prints, from a 1942 re-run of original Kurz & Allison prints of 1891 – an original set of which is in the Library of Congress.
Kurz and Allison were a major publisher of chromolithographs in the late 19th century.
Based at 267-269 Wabash Avenue in Chicago, they built their reputation on large prints published in the mid-1880s depicting battles of the American Civil War. This was a period of recollection among veterans, and the company was trying to capitalise of this sentiment.
In all, a set of thirty-six battle scenes were published from designs by Louis Kurz (1835–1921), himself a veteran of the war.
Kurz, a native of Salzburg, Austria, had emigrated to the United States in 1848.
While the prints are highly inaccurate and considered naive fantasies like Currier and Ives prints, they are still highly sought after by collectors.
We have several to choose from. The Battle of Champion Hills, Battle of Cold Harbor, Battle of Five Forks, VA, Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Battle of the Wilderness, Missionary Ridge, Fall of Petersburg, Battle of Spottsylvania.