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A copy of The Daily Citizen declaring the seige of Vicksburg in 1863; image credit on full record.
A copy of The Daily Citizen declaring the seige of Vicksburg in 1863, view of the wallpaper backing; image credit on full record.
A copy of The Daily Citizen declaring the seige of Vicksburg in 1863; image credit on full record.
A copy of The Daily Citizen declaring the seige of Vicksburg in 1863, detail view of the aritcle; image credit on full record.

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Newspaper; Vicksburg, 1863, The Daily Citizen, Confederate, Civil War News, Siege of Vicksburg.

A July 2-4th, 1863 newspaper. The Daily Citizen, Vicksburg, Mississippi. One page on the reverse of a sheet of wallpaper. "J.M. Swords,...Proprietor" printed beneath one-column masthead. This rare edition confederate paper was begun July 2, but wasn't produced until July 4th, after the Union soldiers had taken over the press! The Union army had laid siege to Vicksburg, and the Daily Citizen had to utilize wallpaper because of the lack of available newsprint. Features the latest news on the war, including a column on "Gen. Rob't E. Lee Again", "Yankee News From All Points," and other war reports, including a section at the bottom of column two, in which the editor mocks U.S. Grant, stating that he must take the city before he can "dine": "That the great Ulysses--the Yankee Generalissimo, surnamed Grant--has expressed his intention of dining in Vicksburg on Saturday next, and celebrating the 4th of July by a grand dinner and so forth... Ulysses must get into the city before he dines in it. The way to cook a rabbit is 'first catch the rabbit,' &c."

Of key interest is the "NOTE" from July 4th, 1863, which responds to column two: "Two days bring about great changes, [sic] The banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg. Gen. Grant has 'caught the rabbit;' he has dined in Vicksburg, and he did bring his dinner with him. The 'Citizen' lives to see it. For the last time it appears on 'Wall-paper.' No more will it eulogize the luxury of mule-meat and fricasseed kitten--urge southern warriors to such diet nevermore. This is the last wall-paper edition, and is, excepting this note, from the types as we found them. It will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity."

A number of facsimiles of the July 4th wallpaper issue are in existence. But this copy conforms in every detail to the points which define the genuine issue, as enumerated in the Library of Congress, Periodical Division, Information Circular 3. The last two inferior examples sold recently for $5,400 and $6,500. An increasingly rare, and desirable, curiosity from the days of the Confederacy under siege. ...[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item C241337
Category:  ephemera    Origin:  Mississippi
Type:  newspapers    Year:  1863

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