All Fools Day – 1864

The April 2nd issue of Harper’s Weekly carried this illustration:

april-fools-day

The scenes depicted include some “classic” pranks to include the ever popular “sign on the back of the school teacher.”  But others are specific to situations of the war.  Gotta like “There comes the Alabama!” and the similar prank “Where is the enemy?”  Americans retained a sense of humor despite three hard years of war.