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A Union paper in South Carolina....

Item # 538375

November 8, 1862

THE NEW SOUTH, Port Royal, South Carolina, November 8, 1862
* Rare Union issue from the Confederacy
* Port Royal South Carolina

Here is an interesting newspaper established in March of 1862 at Port Royal after its capture by Union forces during the early part of the Civil War. Issued in a military command, the newspaper sought to provide mostly military but no political news for the soldiers, so as not to distract them from their mission which was the suppression of the Rebellion.
It is also interesting that a Union newspaper was published in South Carolina considering the state remained a Confederate stronghold until the end of the war. 

Notable content in this volume I (number 12) issue includes a front page military order announcing the death by natural causes of a Union general named O. M. Mitchel, commander of the 10th Army Corps, signed in type: J. M. Brannan. The front page also has: Last Words of Gen. Mitchel and a poem written by an officer in memory of Mitchel. Under The Pocotaligo Expedition is the Official Report of Brig. Gen. J. M. Brannan, which concludes on the reverse, signed in type: J.M. Brannan. 

This was a normally a four page paper, but due the non-receipt of paper, as explained on the reverse, this issue was published as a single sheet. Issue measures about 13 by 9 1/8 inches, the front page has minor fold foxing in the upper half, and there is some binding residue at the spine, occasional foxing, otherwise in very good condition.

Category: Confederate

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