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The Battle of New Market... On the forged Lincoln Proclamation...



Item # 645422

May 19, 1864

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 19, 1864  Among the front page first column heads on the Civil War are: "THE GREAT CONTEST" "Grant Receiving Re-Enforcements" "He Will Soon Make Another Attack" "Victory In West Virginia" "Gen. Crook Defeats the Rebels" "They Lose 600 Killed & Wounded & 300 Prisoners" and more.
Also of interest is the page 4 report: "The Forged Proclamation" which was the effort of Joseph Howard, a newspaper journalist and a bit of a prankster throughout his career. Howard and an acquaintance had hoped to make a profit on declining gold prices if news from the front was bad. They acquired the stationery and other items necessary to make it look as if a story had come in on the wires to the headquarters of the Associated Press of New York, the clearing house for official wire stories coming from Washington. They forged the Proclamation from the president, which called for the drafting of an additional 400,000 soldiers, obvious evidence the war wasn't going well. It was delivered to the offices of various New Your newspapers. Only two actually published the story but it caused such that Howard was arrested two days after the story appeared and placed in Prison. He was released on Lincoln’s personal order on August 24, 1864.
Eight pages, great condition.

Category: Yankee

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