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A "colored" regiment... Pre-Gettysburg...



Item # 568607

July 3, 1863

THE LIBERATOR, Boston, July 3, 1863  This is the famous anti-slavery newspaper by famed abolitionist publisher William Lloyd Garrison. The masthead features two engravings, one of a slave auction and the other showing slaves being emancipated (see).
Page 3 has an item headed: "Fifty-Fifth Reg't. Massachusetts (Colored) Volunteers" which lists the various commissions which have been issued (see). It includes a very interesting "history" of one of the soldiers, noting in part: "He is an intelligent-looking negro, perfectly black, modest & gentlemanly in his bearing...he is a native of Central Africa...he was inveigted into slavery to a party of Arabs..." with much more (see).
Page three also has several items on the Confederate advance into Pennsylvania, just prior to the battle of Gettysburg, Included is a brief item from Harrisburg noting: "The rebels are within three miles and are throwing shells. Our troops are within the entrenchments & will make a bold stand...." and from Carlisle: "...large amount of...stores fell into the hands of the rebels. About 6000 rebel cavalry are in Carlisle..." and also from Harrisburg: "The bridge over the Susquehanna, at Columbia, is in flames." (see). Also: "...Gen. Lee was at Chambersburg with his staff...that 150 colored men were captured by the rebel army at Edwards' Ferry...One of our scouts was killed at Gettysburg & several were taken prisoners...the whole rebel army, except Stuart, is now in Pennsylvania..." with more (see).
Great to have this content in an anti-slavery newspaper. Complete in four pages, very nice condition.

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