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Item # 678016

May 31, 1865

BROWNLOW’S KNOXVILLE WHIG, AND REBEL VENTILATOR, Tennessee, May 31, 1865  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 front page articles are: "Why Smith Has Not Surrendered" being rebel General Kirby Smith; "Who Should Hold Office"; a small item: "A New Epithet for the Rebel President" (see). Inside has: "Collision of Authorities in East Tennessee" "Gen. Forrest's Address to his Troops on the Surrender: which is signed in type: N. B. Forrest, Lieut. Gen.; "Respect to the Dead" "Pay the Soldiers" "Loss of the Third Tennessee Cavalry on the Steamer Sultana" "The Latest News--Letter from General Sherman--Trial of Conspirators--Mrs. Davis and Party" and more.
Complete in 4 pages, page 2 has a very discrete archival mend across the page, light damp stain in the upper left corner, otherwise good condition.

Note: The Daily Southern Guardian, Columbia, SC, February 17, 1862, posted an interesting article shortly after Brownlow's arrest. It clearly communicates the Confederacy's concern in regards to his newspaper.

Item from Catalog 305 (released for April, 2021)...

Category: Yankee