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Who won the battle of Gettysburg ? And the fall of Vicksburg...



Item # 599209

July 10, 1863

DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 10, 1863 

* The Battle of Gettysburg
* Fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi
* In a Confederate title


Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
The top of the front page, with heading: "From General Lee's Army",  has much editorialized comment on the recent events of the war--Battle of Gettysburg & fall of Vicksburg--including: "The account of the Baltimore American of the defeat, demoralization & flight of General Lee's army...had such is the force of elaborate, brazen lying, the effect of seriously depressing the spirits of the mass of the people. With capitulation of Vicksburg & all this uncontradictory story of overwhelming disaster in Pennsylvania, many believe that the darkest hour of the Confederacy had come...the Yankee newspaper style of getting up victories for themselves & defeats for us..." and much more, and further on is: "...a dispatch...which was in the highest degree cheering. It stated that General Lee had been victorious in every engagement with the enemy, & had fallen back to Hagerstown simply that he might put across the Potomac his wounded & prisoners, both of whom were numerous...says the Yankees were much dejected & the secessionists jubilant in consequence of the result of the battles at Gettysburg, the former admitting that Lee had beaten Meade in every fight..." with more (see). Close to half of the ftpg. is taken up with: "Acts & Resolutions of the Congress the Confederate States Passed...".
The editorial on page 2 is equally as interesting. Bits include: "Richmond was yesterday agitated by sinister rumours & painful emotions...that Lee had been defeated in the last battles & was making a disordered retreat to the Potomac; the contradiction of the telegraphic reports of a decisive Confederate victory...that Lee had fallen back to Hagerstown; that the enemy were pressing him...Information, certainly authentic, is in the hands of the Government, which leaves no doubt of the safety & triumph of the noble army. General Lee was victorious in all the combats which have taken place. He has been engaged with the whole force of the United States & has broken its backbone..." with more.
Other items on the back page, with small heads, include: "Yankee Raids in Mississippi" "Levity on the Scaffold" "Latest News From the North" "Additional Particulars--Statement of Persons from the Battle Field--Lee's Army Reported to be In Full Retreat--Effort to Intercept His Escape" the text of which includes a rather nice account of the Battle of Gettysburg (see). This is followed by: "The Feeling of Joy in the North" which begins: "The news of the defeat of Lee's army, as might be expected, has caused a great thrill of joy throughout Yankeedom..." followed by: "Bravado of the Governor of Pennsylvania" and "Yankee Soldiers Destroying Railroads" "Effects of the War in the North" "How The Rebels 'Swap Horses' " "Our Troops in the North--How They Fare Among the Yankees".
As if the above content was not sufficiently significant & historic, the back page also has: "Telegraphic News--The Fall Of Vicksburg--Particulars of The Capitulation" which begins: "Vicksburg has fallen. It was surrendered on the morning of the 4th, the men being in a starving condition & completely worn out with excessive fatigue..." with more including a second and third, and fourth dispatch with the latest details. This is followed by even more war items including: "Latest From Port Hudson" "The War in Louisiana--A Battle at Lake Providence--The Enemy Repulsed With Heavy Loss" "The Evacuation of Suffolk".
Complete as a single sheet newspaper with a full banner masthead, not uncommon from the South as every effort was made to conserve newsprint. In great condition.

Category: Confederate

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