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May 10, 1862: Censoring the papers

Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War I’ve remarked before how the Northern and Southern papers reported so promptly on the movements of their own troops that their enemies must have found them helpful sometimes. Early in the war the Union … Continue reading

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July 12, 1861: More censorship

John McNeil Speaking of censorship, in St. Louis a secessionist paper was shut down by Union troops. The officer executing this order, Gen. John McNeil, would become notorious later in the war for summarily executing 10 Confederate prisoners in the … Continue reading

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July 11, 1861: Scott curtails the press

Gen. Winfield Scott A New York Times correspondent was outraged at General Scott’s efforts to control telegraph communication about troop movements. War measures would curtail freedom of the press in the North severely. This change was probably more deeply felt … Continue reading

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June 19, 1861: Censorship in St. Louis

The Richmond Daily Dispatch frequently played on the theme of censorship in the North. They missed the irony, as censorship in the South was widely practiced. The Press to be Muzzled. –For daring to oppose the unconstitutional war policy of … Continue reading

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October 19, 1860: More suppression of free speech in the South

Vigilantes An article from the Jackson Semi-Weekly Mississippian, October 19, 1860: A Female Emissary.             An examination was held at Charleston, S. C., on Friday morning, by Mayor Macbeth, of one Mrs. Catherine Bottsford, a female of rather prepossessing appearance, … Continue reading

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October 17, 1860: Refugees arrive from Texas

From the Leavenworth, KS Daily Times:   Twelve families, numbering some sixty or seventy persons, arrived in town on Wednesday last, [Oct. 17] directly from Texas, driven away by the terrible destruction of human life which is now being carried … Continue reading

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How to convert a Democrat

A story in the White Cloud Kansas Chief from September 27, 1860 presents a strong argument against “popular sovereignty”. The writer finds that the territories — or even the frontier states — don’t protect free speech well enough to allow … Continue reading

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Vigilance committees

Vigilantes take Harpers’ artist’s sketches in Memphis In the Fayetteville Arkansian, August 31, 1860: For Kansas. The Vigilance Police appointed by the late Public Meeting are doing their duty.—One man who has been residing in this town some time, was … Continue reading

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