Stone Collection: Volume 9 - Item 1
1. Bricktop, Fred Douglass and His Mule: A Story of the War (New York: M. J. Ivers & Co., 1886). (95 p.)
Fictional story about a contraband named Fred Douglass and a stray mule adopted by a company in the Union army to which Douglass has been assigned as a servant. After a series of misadventures in which the mule invariably confounds Douglass, the soldiers decide to blow up the mule with ten pounds of black powder. The story is illustrated with thirty woodcuts, many of which are unflattering caricatures of Douglass. The illustration on the last page depicts debris from the exploded mule flying through the air. This copy is a second printing.