Max Rosenthal. “Battle of Antietam.” Philadelphia: William Smith, 1865. Chromolithograph by M. Rosenthal. 22 3/4 x 27 1/2 (full sheet). Printed by L.N. Rosenthal. Once folded down center. Else, very good condition.
This heroic depiction shows the Union Army staff during the Battle of Antietam, September 1862, in which Gen. George McClellan turned back Gen. Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North. Known as the bloodiest single day of the war, the battle was a technical Union victory that provided Lincoln with political advantages centering on the Emancipation Proclamation and on warning European powers away from alliance with the Confederacy. Published in the final year of the war, this dramatic print was an emotional presentation of a great victory remembered.