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A rare title from the Civil War, just after the close of the Civil War...
Item # 609915
May 03, 1865
BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, May 3, 1865
* Very rare Civil War title - closing events
* 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). See the hyperlink for more on Brownlow.
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. Note that at the time of this printing Brownlow was also governor of Tennessee.
Among the many fascinating articles from the closing moments of the Civil War are: "Promotions" General Stoneman's Report" dated April 13, 1865; "Abraham Lincoln" which begins: "On the assassination of President Lincoln the nation has los a statesman whose every act was influenced by motives as pure as an angel's breath..." with much more (see); "The Sherman-Johnston Capitulation" "National Day of Humiliation & Prayer--A Proclamation" signed in type: Andrew Johnson; "General Stoneman on Guerrillas" "Effects of the Amnesty Oath" and other items.
The back page contains: "The First Proclamation" signed in type: Abraham Lincoln dated April 15, 1861.
Complete in 4 pages, some minor tears at the spine, bit of light damp staining at the top, generally good condition.
Note: The link below will take you to a brief article posted in The Daily Southern Guardian, Columbia, SC, for February 17, 1862, written shortly after Brownlow's arrest. It clearly communicates the Confederacy's concern in regards to his newspaper.