This past week I picked up three more cards from Topps' 1962 Civil War News set. These bring me within reach of completing it this year.
I've gone on and on about how much I enjoy this set. There is definitely a large measure of nostalgia involved with it. My friends and I loved these when they were issued. This set as well as the Mars Attacks set were as much a part of our childhood as baseball and football cards were.
I've already posted many of the others and did some research into the set's background, artwork and historical inaccuracies and the parallel set put out in England. This link will get you to the previous posts.
As with many of the cards these feature some pretty graphic artwork. Card #48 Smashing the Enemy (above) features Union soldiers being vaporized by Confederate cannons at close range. And as with many of the cards the details are 'close' but not exact. The actual battle was fought on May 16, 1863 not July 4th as stated twice on the card. And the hill involved was Champion Hill, not 'Champions'. This page at civilwar.org is has a lot of information.
On the other hand the Topps writers got the Battle of Cedar Creek right, at least as far as the date is concerned.
I don't really make annual formal 'goals' for my hobby endeavours but I'd love to finish this thing off sooner rather than later.