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A very rare & fascinating newspaper...

Item # 613885

October 30, 1863

CORINTH CHANTICLEER, Corinth, Mississippi, October 30, 1863 

* Rarest of newspapers to be had
* Union occupied Alcorn County

An exceedingly scarce, rare Union-occupation newspaper from the midst of the Civil War. Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes on 2 institutions have any copies of this title, each  having just one & neither are this date. In my 38 years of dealing in rare newspapers I have never seen one. This was the last issue published (see below).
This hyperlink provides a nice perspective of Corinth during the Civil War, but to be brief this strategic city was captured by the Yankee forces at the end of May, 1862. Despite another major battle in October Corinth remained in Union control, only to be abandoned by the North when its importance wanted later in 1864. This is the volume 1, number 18 issue and the very last published. The top of page 2 has: "To Our Friends & Subscribers" which begins: "With this number closes our publication of the Chanticleer. The uncertain & ever changing events of the war render it necessary for us to forgo out pleasant connection with you and once more enter the 'tented field'. Our sojourn with you has been fraught with pleasures & kingly feeling...We have been menaced & threatened by the enemies of our country and cause, and we have seen them sent howling back to their dens of infamy & rebellion..." with much more, taking an entire column.
Also of significance is the back page printing of: "Barbara Frietchie, by John G. Whittier", one of the more notable poems of the 19th century having the memorable lines: "...Shoot, if you must, this gray old head, But spare your country's flag,' she said..." (see). Wikipedia notes that the poem with written in 1864, but here it is in 1863.
This issue was published by: "C. W. Hildreth, 2nd Iowa Infantry" with their motto: "Death To Traitors North And South". Among the articles are: "The Colored Troops" "The Union" "Wounded & Killed" and more.
Four pages, 11 1/4 by 18 1/4 inches, never bound nor trimmed, various wear at the folds, heavy foxing to the upper right corner, two rooster engravings in the masthead, no portions missing. A very rare opportunity for a fascinating newspaper.

Category: Yankee

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