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Brig. General George P. Anderson...

The Confederate version of "Harper's Weekly"...



Item # 582860

May 2, 1863

SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Richmond, May 2, 1863 

* Very rare Confederate publication 
* Southern version of Harper's Weekly 
* General George Thomas Anderson
 

A very rare publication from the Confederacy which seldom comes to the collector market. Although much of the content was literary in nature, there are news reports and a few illustrations.
The front page has a nice illustration of: "Brig. Gen. Geo. P. Anderson" with a front page biography of him focusing on his leadership in the on-going Civil War (see photos).

Page 2 has a full column headed: "The Times" which reports on the latest news from the various war fronts. Among the reports are: "The first impulse of a Yankee under any circumstances is to lie. His last impulse is the same. When first whipped he claims a victory; upon reflection, he modified the victory & at last magnifies his defeat, or mitigates it, with a variety of conflicting falsehoods..." and more. Further on is:  "...The sieges which have lately been undertaken by the Confederates appear not to have prospered...General Longstreet's well-earned reputation for ability, justifies the belief that he will not recede from Suffolk until he brings back trophies worthy of his fame...Gen. Wise has fallen back from Williamsburg...The Yankees are crowing over the repulse of Longstreet..." and much more (see photos).

Elsewhere in this issue is: "Poems Of The War--The Little White Glove". The back page has a political cartoon relating to the Civil are captioned: "John Bull In His Favorite Character of Lago". Also a nice letter from a Confederate soldier at Camp Gregg dated April 14, 1863, concerning Tennesseans in the Army of the Potomac (see photos).

Begun on September 13, 1862 the "Southern Illustrated News" sought to fill the void left when the Southern States lost access to Harper’s Weekly and other illustrated newspapers from the North. In its “Salutatory,” in the first issue the editors state:  "...We propose to issue an Illustrated Family Newspaper…devoted to literature, to public instruction and amusement, to general news, and to the cause of our country in this trying hour when she is engaged in a terrible, but resolute and hopeful struggle for her liberty and independence..." Although it could be argued it never lived up to all of these goals as reports from the war were very limited, it was an important publication nonetheless. At its peak boasting as many subscribers as the largest daily paper in Richmond. As with all Southern publications it suffered from lack of supplies, reporters, artists and engravers as many had been drafted either into the military or into the service of the Confederate administration to engrave paper money and stamps. The engravings were crude when compared to Yankee publications.

Eight pages, in very nice, clean condition.

Category: Confederate

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