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Scarce tri-weekly edition of this fascinating Civil War newspaper...



Item # 609916

November 23, 1864

KNOXVILLE TRI-WEEKLY WHIG AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, Nov. 23, 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 weekly 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. On July 26, 1864 he began a tri-weekly edition, this issue offered being the volume 1 number 1 issue. I am unsure as to how long this edition lasted as I can only find reference to this and the #2 issue. Gregory does not list separately the tri-weekly edition. Given only one other issue is referenced I believe this to be a very short-lived enterprise by Brownlow.
Among the articles are: "No Right to Vote" "Condition of Our Army" "The Administration of Mr. Lincoln" "Union Croakers and Fault Finders" "Rebel View of the Situation" "the 'Gate City' Captured!" "The Last Ditch' Approached!" "Renting Out Rebel Farms" "Defeat of Forrest" and more.
Complete in four pages, smaller size than the weekly edition, measuring 12 1/2 by 19 inches, a bit irregular at the spine, very nice, clean condition. This is the first tri-weekly edition of this scarce newspaper I have ever seen.

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.

http://images.rarenewspapers.com/ebayimgs/7.31.2012/image006.jpg 

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