Once upon a time, the people of the South seceded in order to affirm States Rights and a limited Federal Government, but they were invaded and left devastated on the direction of a Dictator and Tyrant,forcibly returned to an American Empire, and occupied to this day.
Bumper stickers did not exist during the Civil War, of course. But portable expressions of patriotism did, in the form of envelopes bearing illustrations and slogans.
Capitalizing on patriotic feelings in the North, printers sold thousands of envelopes bearing images of soldiers, flags, eagles, and other patriotic symbols, such as the goddess-like figure of Columbia.
The fad for such envelopes seems to have started with the first hostilities in 1861. One of the earliest incidents to take on heroic status, the death of Col. Elmer Ellsworth, inspired notable examples of patriotic envelopes.
The use of embellished envelopes continued throughout the war, and countless designs were created and manufactured. A gallery of images, highlights of a collection of Civil War envelopes at the Library of Congress, showcases some surprising examples of portable patriotism.