Show image list »
One of the more fascinating publishers from the Civil War...
Item # 609881
January 9, 1864
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, Jan. 9, 1864
* Very rare title
W. G. Brownlow, or Parson Brownlow, was a fascinating personality to say the least. He regarded anyone who disagreed with him about religion or politics as an enemy. The circuit-riding Methodist parson turned to the press to spread his harsh anti-Presbyterian, anti-Calvinist rhetoric, and to spread his fervently held views on the inferiority of blacks & his unalterable opposition to secession. In 1861 Brownlow’s criticism of the Confederacy led the government to shut down his newspapers for 2 years. In December, 1861, Brownlow was arrested on a charge of high treason against the Confederacy. He spent much of 1862 touring the North giving pro-Union lectures & when he returned to Knoxville in 1863 the federal government provided him with a press, some type, $1500, & a government printing contract (credit Wikipedia). See the hyperlink for more on Brownlow.
His first issue under the title noted was dated Nov. 11, 1863 but after just 2 issues it would be suspended until January 9, 1864, and then it would only last until February, 1866. This is the volume 1, number 3 issue.
Among the great wealth of fascinating articles are: "Traitors in Our Midst!" "Teaching the Slaves to Rebel" "A Corrupt Organization" "Secession Chivalry" "Confederate Piety" "Miserable Union Men" "Compensating Rebels" "Gen. Burnside's Speech" "The Union Pyramid" "Hanging a Spy" "First Tennessee Cavalry" "Statistics of Fugitive Slaves" "The Rebellion A Conspiracy" "The enlistment of Negroes!" and so much more.
The back page has over half a column taken up with the: "Prospectus of Brownlow's Knoxville Whig and Rebel Ventilator". Complete in 4 pages, a bit irregular at the blank spine, some damp staining near the margins, generally nice.
An opportunity for one of the more fascinating newspapers of the Civil War.
Note: The link below will take you to a brief article posted in The Daily Southern Guardian, Columbia, SC, for February 17, 1862, written shortly after Brownlow's arrest. It clearly communicates the Confederacy's concern in regards to his newspaper.