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April 19, 1865: Wade Hampton won’t give up

Wade Hampton writes to Jefferson Davis to tell him that he plans to fight on across the Mississippi, and if necessary to go to Mexico to avoid ever surrendering. ” I shall never take the ‘oath of allegiance.’” In fact, … Continue reading

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February 27, 1865:

The 13th Amendment I believe the New York Times is indulging in what would be called “snark” today: MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE. Published: February 27, 1865 — The country will learn with alarm and disappointment that the Common Council of Jersey City … Continue reading

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Metapost: OSU’s Official Records site has changed format

Oh no! OSU has changed the format of the digitized Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, and all my previous links to them are now broken. Aaargh. If you look at a link that I’ve posted in the … Continue reading

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May 27, 1863: Threat of rebel invasion

Signal officers watch Lee’s army in Maryland ******************************************************* The New York Times notes that there are rumblings in the South about an offensive to strike into Northern territory. The Times doesn’t think there’s much hope for such a move, and … Continue reading

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May 21, 1862: Southern unionism?

The New York Times holds out the prospect of hidden loyalty to the union in the south, and admonishes the federal government to protect southern unionists. While no doubt there was some union sentiment, it seems to have been consistently … Continue reading

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March 22, 1862: The propaganda war

A New York Times editorial promotes using captured Southern newspapers as propaganda organs for the Union. The Stars and Stripes got its start that way in Bloomfield, Missouri. THE EVANGELIZATION OF THE SOUTH. TheUnion army, in its occupation of the … Continue reading

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October 7, 1860: Madame Clifton – Caution! Look out!

Okay, it’s a stretch– this is Lillian Russell, who was born in 1861. Advertisement in the MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [MEMPHIS, TN], October 7, 1860: Astrology! Madame Clifton Is now at the Merchants’ Hotel, Room No. 11, Union street, in this … Continue reading

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The Freeport Question

Stephen A. Douglas Greeley’s New York Tribune ran a story on August 21, 1860 about Stephen Douglas’ stump speech in Augusta, Maine. As always, the Republican Tribune is pretty snide about Douglas. The correspondent reports that an audience member posed … Continue reading

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