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October 24, 1863

THE SOUTHERN SENTINEL, Alexandria, Louisiana, Oct. 24, 1863   A rare Civil War era newspaper printed on wallpaper, done by few newspapers from the Confederacy when newsprint would become scarce (most paper mills were in the North). A scarce issue as well as Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that only four institutions have a combined total of just 6 issues of this title, only one being this Oct. 24 date.
The most notable content would be at the top of the front page: "Gen. Lee's Official Report" concerning is advance into the North with mention of Gettysburg (see). This is followed by news of other battles (see).
The first column has: "News" but the report begins: "We are sorry to say that there is no news. There is an abundance of rumors..." with more.
All four corners would appear to have the signature (in red ink) of Union Capt. Alfred Neafie who was Provost Marshal of the Union of occupation of Alexandria. Neafie was also involved with Jefferson Davis' capture.
A single sheet issue with the reverse being a pink wallpaper print with designs (see). The last column of advertisements had been clipped out some years ago, otherwise wide margin and in nice condition. Priced dramatically less than an undamaged issue.

Category: Confederate