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One of the more fascinating publishers from the Civil War...
Item # 609901
November 16, 1864
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, Nov. 16, 1864 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.
Among the many fascinating articles are: "Our Poor Women" "Slanderous Assault from a Dirty Quarter" "The Plot Thickens" "Another Fight in Carolina" "The Infantry Reinforcements" 'Rejoicing Over Our Defeats" "Rewarding Treason" "Sheridan Again Victorious--Prisoners & Cannon Captured--Plymouth, N.C. Re-captured--Rebel Army Attempting to Cross the Mississippi" "Extracts from a Rebel Letter" "Whereabouts of Sherman" "Sons of Liberty in Indiana..." "Butchery of the Union Wounded Men at Saltsville" and more.
The back page has nearly half a column taken up with the: "Prospectus of Brownlow's Knoxville Whig and Rebel Ventilator". Complete in 4 pages, minor loss at the spine affects two words on page 2 only, nice condition.
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.