1962 Topps Civil War News Trading Cards

The United States Civil War Centennial Celebration was still going strong in 1962 when Topps produced a set of cards titled THE CIVIL WAR. The cards were the idea of Len Brown and Woody Gelman. Gelman recalled an earlier series of cards from the 1930’s called HORRORS OF WAR that had made a large impact because of the graphic violence that was shown. They felt that boys would react strongly if they did a combination Civil War Chronicle with the feel of the old Horrors of War cards. Because of the title of the “newspaper-like journal” on the back the set has become known as the CIVIL WAR NEWS. The cards were graphic, bloody and extremely successful.

Here is the complete set:

1 – THE ANGRY MAN
2 – PRESIDENT JEFF DAVIS
3 – THE WAR STARTS
4 – REBEL POWER
5 – EXPLODING FURY
6 – PULLED TO SAFETY
7 – DEATH AT SEA
8 – DESTRUCTIVE BLOW
9 – SAVAGES ATTACK
10 – DESTRUCTION AT SEA
11 – ATTACK
12 – BLOODY COMBAT
13 – DYING EFFORT
14 – FIGHT TO THE FINISH
15 – NATURE’S FURY
16 – DIRECT HIT
17 – THE FLAMING RAFT
18 – DEATH TO THE ENEMY
19 – PUSHED TO HIS DOOM
20 – DEATH FALL
21 – PAINFUL DEATH
22 – WAVE OF DEATH
23 – CRUSHED BY WHEELS
24 – AFTER THE BATTLE
25 – HANGING THE SPY
26 – MESSENGER OF DEATH
27 – MASSACRE
28 – THE CANNON ROARS
29 – BRIDGE OF DOOM
30 – CHARGING THE BULLETS
31 – TERROR OF THE SEA
32 – DEATH STRUGGLE
33 – FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL
34 – WALL OF CORPSES
35 – GASPING FOR AIR
36 – MIDNIGHT RAID
37 – DEATH BARGES IN
38 – GENERAL GRANT
39 – GENERAL LEE
40 – BULLETS OF DEATH
41 – PROTECTING HIS FAMILY
42 – THE BATTLE CONTINUES
43 – COSTLY MISTAKE
44 – SHOT TO DEATH
45 – THE RIVERBOAT EXPLODES
46 – VICIOUS ATTACK
47 – DEATH BATTLE
48 – SMASHING THE ENEMY
49 – THE EXPLOSION
50 – STOLEN SECRETS
51 – HORSE THIEVES
52 – FRIENDLY ENEMIES
53 – TRAIN OF DOOM
54 – A HORSEMAN FALLS
55 – THE SILENT DRUM
56 – BURST OF FIRE
57 – HAND TO HAND COMBAT
58 – ANGEL OF MERCY
59 – SUBMARINE ATTACK
60 – SUICIDE CHARGE
61 – THE FLAMING FOREST
62 – THE GENERAL DIES
63 – AMBUSHED
64 – JAWS OF DEATH
65 – FLAMING DEATH
66 – VICTIM OF THE WAR
67 – DEADLY DUEL
68 – THE WILL TO WIN
69 – DEATH IN THE WATER
70 – THE SNIPER
71 – NO ESCAPE
72 – THE CANNONS VICTIM
73 – THROUGH THE SWAMP
74 – FIGHTING FOR VICTORY
75 – THE FAMILY FLEES
76 – BLAZING CANNON
77 – TRAPPED
78 – SUDDEN ATTACK
79 – COUNCIL OF WAR
80 – CITY IN FLAMES
81 – DEADLY DEFENSE
82 – DESTROYING THE RAILS
83 – THE LOOTERS
84 – DEADLY ARROWS
85 – ATTACKED FROM BEHIND
86 – DYNAMITE VICTIMS
87 – THE WAR ENDS
88 – CHECKLIST