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One of the more fascinating publishers from the Civil War...
Item # 655106
April 2, 1864
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, April 2, 1864
* Very rare Civil War title
* William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow
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).
His first 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. This is the volume 1, number 13 issue.
Among the great wealth of fascinating articles are: "On Behalf of East Tennessee" "The Sufferers in East Tennessee" "The Amnesty Proclamation" "Movements of the Two Armies" "The Preservation of Our Nationality" "Rebel Dispatches from Hell!" "The Repulse in Florida" which is very lengthy; and so much more.
The back page has over half a column taken up with the: "Prospectus of Brownlow's Knoxville Whig and Rebel Ventilator". Complete in 4 pages, minor damp stain near the bottom, generally nice.
An opportunity for one of the more fascinating newspapers of the Civil War.