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From the Confederacy... Did Tennessee secede from the Union...



Item # 647485

May 3, 1861

THE DAILY JOURNAL, Wilmington, North Carolina, May 3, 1861 

* Rare Confederate title

The front page is entirely taken up with ads. War related items are on the inside pages including a notable item headed: "Secession of Tennessee" which includes: "...that the Legislature of Tennessee...had passed the ordinance of secession by an almost unanimous vote..." but they are unsure of the report: "...Without absolutely vouching for the correctness of the report, we may say that we ourselves believe that it is so. We think so. We are not sure." Actually Tennessee would not leave the Union until June 8.
Many other war-related reports on page 2. Four pages, very nice condition.

Wilmington was a major Atlantic Ocean port city for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and was one of the last ports to fall to Union forces in 1865. It ranked equal in size to Atlanta according to the 1860 census, and was a major point of entry for supplies for the entire Confederacy, exporting cotton & tobacco in exchange for munitions, clothing & food. As such it was barricaded by Union forces during the war, but blockade runners had some success in getting supplies through. It is just 170 miles north of Charleston, where the Civil War began.

Category: Confederate

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