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Playing cards based on the battle that defined America. Find out how you can own a piece of history
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The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers from both armies were casualties in this three-day battle. Now, the makers of Civil Unrest, have announced their follow-up edition featuring this pivotal moment in American history.

This deck will not just feature those that took part in this battle but it will help tell their stories. It is our intention to not only provide great looking cards but we also want to educate our backers about this great Civil War battle.

Civil Unrest: Gettysburg

These playing cards will feature two unique decks within the series. The Union deck in blue and the Confederate deck in red. Like our Titanic playing cards, these decks will each be personalized thanks to variable printed seals. What does that mean? Well, for Titanic we represented each passenger with a custom luggage tag and each deck only represented one person. It created a living memorial for those that were connected to the Titanic tragedy. Unfortunately it would be impossible for us to do the same thing for the 165,000+ participants of this battle due to the huge volume. The best solution we came up with is to dedicate each deck to one of the 1,500+ monuments, markers, cannons, historical buildings and notable people that are connected to the battle. To help ensure there's enough labels to go around, each deck (Union and Confederate) will share the same labels but with different serial numbers.

Joshua Chamberlain and Robert E Lee
Joshua Chamberlain and Robert E Lee
Union back and Confederate back
Union back and Confederate back
Two decks available: The Union (Blue) and the Confederate (Red).
Two decks available: The Union (Blue) and the Confederate (Red).

Both tuck cases will featuring gold foil stamping, embossing, and inside tuck printing.

Intricate detail in the back design
Intricate detail in the back design

Every Deck is Unique and Personalized!

Unique Personalized Seals
Unique Personalized Seals

Every deck produced will feature a unique seal connected directly to the battle of Gettysburg. Each seal will either feature the name of a monument, cannon, historical building or notable person. Each item will be represented only once within each deck (Union and Confederate). For example, Robert E Lee will have a seal for not only the Confederate version but also the Union version of the deck. Each seal will come with a different serial number and color to ensure that every deck is 100% unique.

Can I reserve a specific monument, cannon, historical building or notable person?

Yes!!! All decks will be randomly assigned but we will allow the selection of a specific monument, cannon, historical building or  person  for an additional add-on cost of $3 per seal. This extra amount covers processing costs and work required to perform this service. To request a a specific seal, please contact us first to check on availability. If the seal is available we’ll notify you that your selection has been accepted and can now add the additional fee to your pledge. For notable people, we have a higher reserve of $25 due to the popularity of these people. See chart below to see who is within this group. If the person you want isn't within the chart then the fee will only be $3 per seal. If you reserve a seal you'll automatically get it's twin from the other deck as long as you're purchasing both decks. You only have to pay once per reserve! If you don't want the twin seal just let us know you want a different one via a private message.

Can I request a relative, as long as they took part in the battle?

Yes!!! We highly encourage you to create a living memorial for your ancestor that fought in this battle. For this we have a $3 per seal processing fee.

*Abe Lincoln wasn't at the Battle of Gettysburg, but was in the town of Gettysburg a few months after to deliver his famous speech.
*Abe Lincoln wasn't at the Battle of Gettysburg, but was in the town of Gettysburg a few months after to deliver his famous speech.

 Can I Make My Deck Even More Unique?

Yes, check out these cool add-ons that help make your deck even more personal:

Please note: If you choose to have your seal represent a relative this add-on is only available if you can provide information about your relative.
Please note: If you choose to have your seal represent a relative this add-on is only available if you can provide information about your relative.
All charcters featured in these decks will have information about them in this booklet
All charcters featured in these decks will have information about them in this booklet
54 card uncut sheet. Right off the printing press and perfect for framing.
54 card uncut sheet. Right off the printing press and perfect for framing.

What makes our uncut sheets standout from others is the fact our doubles as a map of the battlefield.

Digital painting the Civil War back to life.
Digital painting the Civil War back to life.

Colorizing the American Civil War

One of the main goals of this project is to bring the Civil War back to life. Over 150 years ago, photography was in its infancy with poor quality black and white photos. Now, thanks to digital painting, we can help bring these old images back to life.

Tuck case features inside printing, embossing and gold foil stamping
Tuck case features inside printing, embossing and gold foil stamping

Printed by the Tomlinson Playing Card Company

Up until this point we have produced all our decks with the United States Playing Card Company. We feel that USPCC has set the standard with playing card printing. But with high standards come high prices which in turn create high (and sometimes) unrealistic funding goals here on Kickstarter. My wife and I have seen countless numbers of good decks fail to reach their funding goals because of these high prices. Civil Unrest Gettysburg will be our first step towards producing our own brand. We're working closely with a production facility to produce a great quality product that will simulate the finishes and feel that comes with USPCC playing cards.

It is our desire to create a competitive yet comparable product to help not only ourselves, but other artists in creating more attainable funding goals.

As of right now, we plan on printing both decks... BUT if we hit the stretch goal of $22,000, we'll print the Union deck with USPCC and the Confedrate deck with us (the Tomlinson Playing Card Company).

John Buford
John Buford

John Buford

Arriving at the small town of Gettysburg before the Confederate army was concentrated for battle, Buford was quick to recognize the importance of the high ground south of the town, and conducted delaying actions against superior infantry attacks until Union infantry units arrived to take up the fight and establish defensive positions on that ground.

Jennie Wade
Jennie Wade

Jennie Wade

During the battle of Gettysburg, there was a young woman named Jennie Wade, who was shot and killed in her kitchen while kneading dough for biscuits.  A stray bullet from a sharpshooter had come through the kitchen door, and pierced her heart killing her instantly.  Found in Jennie’s apron pocket, was a picture of her sweetheart, 22-year-old Jack Skelly.  

The tragedy in this love story lies in the fact that Jennie and Jack never got to be together in life. Jack Skelly was wounded in battle on June 15, 1863, at Carter's Woods where he later died in Winchester, Va. on July 12, 1863 due to his wounds.  Jennie died on the morning of July 3, 1863, just nine days before her sweetheart died.

Elizabeth Thorn
Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth Thorn

At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, Elizabeth Thorn was caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery, a job normally performed by her husband Peter but he was away serving in the Union Army. Her elderly parents and her three small sons were living with her in the cemetery gatehouse, and she was six months pregnant. The cemetery grounds were littered with dead soldiers and horses, and it was her responsibility to bury them.

Risks and challenges

My wife, Diane, and myself have completed several Kickstarter projects over the last year. We have a very good track record with fulfillment. Our Titanic decks are well on their way to being fulfilled with printing going on right now at USPCC.

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