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Inauguration of Davis

Artist
Strobridge Lithography Company, 1867 - 1961
Copy after
James Massalon, 1825 - 1925?
Archibald Crossland McIntyre, 1832 - 1890
Sitter
Alexander Hamilton Stephens, 11 Feb 1812 - 4 Mar 1883
William Lowndes Yancey, 10 Aug 1814 - 27 Jul 1863
Jefferson Davis, 3 Jun 1808 - 6 Dec 1889
Howell Cobb, 7 Sep 1815 - 9 Oct 1868
Date
1878
Type
Print
Medium
Chromolithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 76.6 × 60.8 cm (30 3/16 × 23 15/16")
Sheet: 82.8 × 62.5 cm (32 5/8 × 24 5/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
S/NPG.84.399
Exhibition Label
Several flash points contributed to the start of the Civil War. One was the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America at the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 18, 1861. Others included the secession of South Carolina in December 1860; the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861, which triggered President Lincoln’s immediate call for 75,000 troops to protect the nation’s capital; the Union occupation of northern Virginia in late May; and the first major battle at Manassas in July.
This 1878 chromolithograph, published thirteen years after the Confederacy surrendered, commemorates Davis’s inauguration and invokes the once-sunny optimism of a proud people at what they considered the birth of a new nation.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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