A More Perfect Union CP16

Cinema Purgatorio #16 A More Perfect Union cover by Gabriel Andrade

Below are annotations for “Liverpool Point” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #16.

Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Gabriel Andrade

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Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.

General: This issue begins coverage of the naval battle, where Admiral Farragut is commanding several ironclad warships. The ships attack the giant ant army which is in the process of building a bridge over the Potomac River.


  • The central figure is General Custer, who appears in Purgatorio #14 and #15, but not this issue.
  • The AMPU cover for #17 does depict an ironclad warship, like those that appear in this issue.

Page 1

USS Monitor warship in foreground. Image via battlefields.org

panels 1-5

Page 2

panel 1

  • Liverpool Point, Maryland, is indeed a site on the Potomac River about 95 miles south of Gettysburg.

panel 2

  • The “Potomac Squadron” or Potomac Flotilla was a unit of the U.S. Navy created in the early days of the American Civil War.
Admiral David Farragut – image via Wikipedia

panel 3

  • First appearance of David Glasgow Farragut (1801-1870) the real-world Union admiral.
  • “Mister Jones” appears to be John Marshall Jones (1820-1864) the real-world brigadier general in the Confederate army.

Page 3

panel 1

  • Ants do indeed build bridges with their bodies.
  • “Full speed ahead” is part of the Farragut’s famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”

Pages 4-6 – no specific annotations

Page 7

panel 3

  • “Erikson” is most likely inventor John Ericsson (1803-1889) who designed civil war era steam ship armaments.

panel 4

  • “The Montauk” is the USS Montauk – a Union Civil War armored warship.

Page 8

panel 2

  • “Mister Berney” is Alfred Berney, who demonstrated a flamethrower in 1863 and 1863, per several references in books. Though he demonstrated the flamethrower for military leaders, it was not used in the real-world Civil War.

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One thought on “A More Perfect Union CP16

  1. Alfred Berney apparently invented or demonstrated a flamethrower in 1863. I’ll leave the rest of the research to you, but seems like he’s the man. Heheh, “Berney”!


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