Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
This is a touching Thomas Nast print of Lady Liberty. The print is a centerfold from an original 1863 Harper's Weekly. The print shows Lady Liberty kneeling, in earnest prayer for peace. She is surrounded by inset images of the Nation in prayer. A group of slaves is shown praying for freedom. Another inset shows the inside of a church, the congregation praying for peace. In the lower right corner a group in the country can be seen on their knees praying. In the upper image, Abraham Lincoln can be seen on his knees praying for guidance. Two other insets show prayers by the Army and the Navy. The nations prayers were answered in about a year and a half, with the bloody conflict finally reaching its end at Appomattox Court House. This is a rare and highly collectible print. It shows a nation in prayer. Prayer for an end to its bloodiest conflict. Thomas Nast "Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1863" (Click on Image for Enlarged View)