Confederate Cruiser ‘Georgia’ pictured in the Great Float at Birkenhead, England. The ‘Georgia’ was built at Dumbarton, on the River Clyde, Scotland. A wood-block engraving published in ‘The Illustrated London News,’ dated May 28th. 1864. Lower half-page shared with an image of St. Mary’s Church, Aberdeen, Scotland. Full text on right hand column.
The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. The result of a long-standing controversy over slavery and states’ rights, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederates attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of the United States. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States of America, who advocated for states’ rights to perpetual slavery and its expansion in the Americas.
The Illustrated London News appeared first on Saturday 14 May 1842, as the world’s first illustrated weekly news magazine. Founded by Herbert Ingram, it appeared weekly until 1971, then less frequently thereafter, and ceased publication in 2003. The company continues today as Illustrated London News Ltd, a publishing, content and digital agency in London, which holds the publication and business archives of the magazine.