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One of the more fascinating publishers from the Civil War...
Item # 645829
May 21, 1864
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, May 21, 1864 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. His first issue under the title noted above rolled off the press on Nov. 11, 1863. Brownlow used the newspaper to attack secessionists as “the negro-worshipping aristocracy” & declared that the noose should be used against the rebellion’s leaders, & he backed Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation (credit Wikipedia). See the web for more on Brownlow.
Among the front page items are: “Well done, General Sherman”, “Experiences of Union Prisoners”, “The Fort Pillow Massacre”, “General Instructions Concerning Captured & Abandoned Property”. Inside includes: “The Work Goes Bravely On” which is terrific reading (see for portions); “The Convention of Traitors”, “The Fort Pillow Massacre”, “Abandoned Rebel Property, “The Last Presidential Election”, “Latest News From the Army” and more.
Complete as a four page newspaper of folio size, never-trimmed margins, archivally rejoined at the spine, nice condition. A very rare opportunity for a fascinating and scarce title.
The link below will take you to a brief article posted in The Daily Southern Guardian, Columbia, South Carolina, for February 17, 1862, written shortly after Brownlow's arrest, which clearly states the Confederacy's concern in regards to his newspaper.