[Philadelphia]: Jas. B. Rodgers, [ 1865]. Broadside, 8 3/4 x 7 inches, including decorative mourning border. Printed in black on card stock. Light surface soiling. Near fine. Item #WRCAM55281
A facetious work of political satire in the form of a Death Certificate and commemorating the fall of the Confederacy at the conclusion of the Civil War. From its obviously humorous tone, it was most likely produced between April 9, 1865 and President Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 14, as it is unlikely that such a light tone and inclusion of Lincoln as a participant in the funeral would have been acceptable after his death. Here, Lincoln is described as the "Attending Physician," and U.S. Grant as "Undertaker." The "Chief Mourner" is Jeff Davis. The epitaph reads, in full: "Gentle stranger, drop a tear, The C.S.A. lies buried here; In youth it lived and prosper'd well, But like Lucifer it fell; Its body here, its soul in - well E'en if I knew I wouldn't tell. Rest C.S.A., from every strife, Your death is better than your life; And this one line shall grace your grave - Your death gave freedom to the slave." An elaborately printed satirical Civil War ephemeron.