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Jefferson Davis's inaugural address, in a Confederate newspaper...
Item # 639388
February 20, 1861
THE WILMINGTON DAILY HERALD, North Carolina, February 20, 1861
* Confederate president Jefferson Davis
* Inauguration - inaugural address
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.
Neighboring South Carolina was the first state to leave the union in Dec., 1860, and although North Carolina did not officially secede until after the bombing of Fort Sumter its political sympathies were strongly with the South ever since talk of secession began.
The top of page 2 has a very significant item being the inaugural address of the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. It is headed: "Address of President Jeff. Davis ! " which has a prefacing statement: "The following is the address of the President of the Confederated States of America. It is modest & manly, and proves his fitness for the office:..." and what follows is his address. This address was delivered just two days prior (see).
A very significant document and terrific to have in a Southern newspaper. Complete in 4 pages and in very nice, clean condition.