The Civil War… 150 years ago… January 18, 1862…

January 18, 2012 by  
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Today we continue our look back on the Civil War as reported within the newspapers held by those living during the Civil War… 150 years ago to-date (of this post). While many of the issues shown below 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:

Rare Confederate title…
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Richmond, Virginia, January 18, 1862 Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital. The Front page has: “The War In South Carolina” and: “Notes Of The War–The North Growing Sick of the War–The New York Tribune Thinks it Time the War Were Brought to a Close” with other subheads including: “Great Battles” “The Northern War Patriots…” “The War in Kentucky–Plans of the enemy…” “The War In Missouri–The Situation”. War-related coverage continues to page 2 with : “The Latest Northern News–Movements & Spirit of the War” “The Northern Congress–Discussion on the Negro Question–Lovejoy’s Declaration of War Against Great Britain” “Revocation of Commissions in the Army” “Appointment of Brigadier-Generals” and other items. Page 3 has reports from the Virginia Legislature and “The Cores”, “City Intelligence”, a few small war-related items, and some ads. Page 2 also features some nice editorial content, always interesting reading in this newspaper as the editor was rabidly anti-North. He begins with: “The resignation & honorable exile of Cameron, that synonym of corruption, is a significant event. It is the signal of the open disruption of the united North into two factions…” with more…
From Confederate New Orleans…
THE DAILY DELTA, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 18, 1862 * Rare confederate title from the deep South Truly Confederate newspapers from New Orleans are very difficult to find, as Admiral Farragut entered the mouth of the Mississippi in mid-April, 1862 and finally took New Orleans on April 28. Shortly thereafter Benjamin Butler moved in and took control of the city which surrendered without a fight. So “Confederate” issues from New Orleans are limited to those published between Louisiana’s secession from the Union on January 26, 1861 and the end of April, 1862, just a brief 15 month period. Front page war-related item include: “What the Morning Journals Say” which begins: “The Crescent speaks of the many theories put forth by the Lincolnites to account for their defeats in the present war–every one as far from the truth as the North will ever be from conquering the South if the war should last a century…”. Also: “Letters From Baton Rouge” which takes over a full column. And: “From The Seat of War In Virginia”. There are additional war-related items on pages 2 & 3 also with most of the bkpg. taken up with ads. Among the ftpg. ads is an illustrated one for; “Negroes For Sale”…
A rare Confederate title…
WESTERN SENTINEL, Winston, North Carolina, January 18, 1862 This is a very rare title from the Confederacy. According to Brigham only four institutions in the United States have any holdings of this title from the Civil War, most just a few scattered issues. The American Antiquarian Society has no issues recorded from this era. Nice content in this issue, as the ftpg. has: “Letter from G. W. Brownlow–His Treatment” while in prison (see photos). Also: “The Missouri Swamp Fox which is on General M. Jeff. Thompson; plus: “Bishop Hughes in Favor of the Confederate States”. Pg. 2 has more Civil War news with: “The Election: “Departure of Troops” “The News” which has many war reports; also: “Northern News” “Then and Now” “Re-Enlistment” and “Drafting Soldiers”. The war reporting continues on pg. 3 with: “Latest News–Suspension of Yankee Banks” “French Man of War Fired Into” “From the West” “The Financial Bull Run” “A Consoling Belief” “Prosperity of the South” “A Yankee Sermon” and more. The war coverage continues on the bkpg. as well with: “Why the Federals do not Advance in South Carolina” among other items. Ads on the bkpg. as well. Complete in 4 pages, scattered foxing throughout, a minor pg. 2 archival mend near the bottom, generally quite nice. Measures about 11 1/2 by 17 1/2 inches. An opportunity for not only a very rare Confederate title, but one with extensive war content.
1862 New York City Newspaper… General Burnside… General Doubleday…
THE EVENING POST, New York, January 18, 1862 * Major Abner Doubleday made General – General Burnside and much more * Original Civil War era complete issue on cotton & rag paper * The War Against Slavery, Abraham Lincoln’s War, the 2nd War For Independence This 4 page newspaper is in nice condition (except for little margin wear & tear) due to the use of cotton and rag paper during this very historic time in U.S. history. This issue is very large in size (unusual). It measures 30 x 26 inches and loaded with advertisements and Civil War reports throughout from the day it was first reported.
Winslow Homer…  Burnside’s Expedition…
Harper’s WEEKLY, Jan. 18, 1862 Ftpg. shows; ‘Fort Royal Ferry, Scene of the Battle of First Jan.’ & ‘Scene in the Parlor of Mr. Barnwell’s House at Beaufort, S.C.’ shows a Black family lounging & playing the piano. Fullpg: ‘The Vessels of Gen. Burnside’s Expedition at Annapolis’ halfpg: ‘The War In Va.–A Reconnaissance in a Laurel Brake’ ‘ & ‘Bringing In Rebel Prisoners’ & ‘The Union Prisoners at Richmond, Va.’dblpgctrfld: ‘The City of Richmond, Va.’ fullpg. by Winslow Homer: ‘The Skating Season’

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