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The Civil War… 150 years ago… January 4, 1862…

January 4, 2012 by  
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We continue our weekly series of reflections on the Civil War with a new twist for 2012.  Each week we will provide access to descriptions and images of newspapers (and occasionally other periodicals) printed exactly 150 years ago… to-date.  While many are no longer available for sale, reading a snap-shot of what was printed for the given day will hopefully provide a glimpse of life during the critical period in American history.  Each link shown will take you to the full description w/ images of authentic issues which were held by those living during the Civil War.  Today’s selections are:

HARPER’S WEEKLY, January 4, 1862 Full front page by Homer: “Christmas Boxes in Camp, 1861” does show some mild wear, as this was the first page in the volume. Fullpg. with 3 scenes of “Ship Island”. Fullpg: “Bird’s-eye View of the Coast from Savannah, Ga. to Beaufort, S.C.” Nice dblpgctrfld. is a large: “General Bird’s-Eye View of Washington & Vicinity”. Small print of: “Green River Bridge, Kentucky” & a fullpg. with 2 scenes of: “Gen. Burnside’s Expedition” showing many ships.  This issue also contains  “Charles Dickens’ New Christmas Stories – 1. Picking Up Evening Shadows, and 2. Picking Up A Pocket-Book”, by Charles Dickens, taking nearly 5 entire pages of text.

Billiards… Boxing…
WILKES’ SPIRIT OF THE TIMES, New York, January 25, 1862 Page five of this issue includes a rather lengthy article concerning boxing entitled:  “Great Fight…Between Rob Brettle and Jack Rooke”.  Another article found within this issue and entitled: “Our Chess Department” includes a “problem of the week” and the answer to the previous weeks’ problem.  This 16 page issue also includes some Civil War reports as well as other sports items, including billiards and horse racing.
Fort Pickens…
BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT, Boston, MA, January 4, 1862 * Fort Pickens Florida FL – Prestonburg, Kentucky… and much more.  This 4 page newspaper is in nice condition due to the use of cotton and rag paper during this very historic time in U.S. history.
1862 Charles Dickens Magazine…

ALL THE YEAR ROUND, January 4, 1862 This 24 page issue is in great condition and measures 6 x 9 inches. This was a weekly journal which was conducted by Charles Dickens as noted in the masthead. This magazine has mainly literary reading (stories, poems etc.), some by Charles Dickens himself.
Guerilla Warfare near Port Royal, South Carolina…
THE NEW YORK HERALD, New York, January 4, 1862 This issue is loaded with advertisements and Civil War reports throughout from the day it was first reported…

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