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Rare Civil War hospital newspaper... Thoughts on the Emancipation Proclamation...



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January 06, 1863

HAMMOND GAZETTE, Point Lookout, Maryland, Jan. 6, 1863 

* Hospital which also held Confederate prisoners
* Very rare title - re. Emancipation Proclamation
* American Civil War era original


A very rare newspaper which was printed: "For the Benefit of the Sick and Wounded in Hammond General Hospital" as printed in the masthead. This was one of just 19 hospital newspapers which existed during the Civil War. At some point in 1863 Confederate prisoners began to be held at the hospital as well. This is the volume 1 number 8 issue.
This small-size newspaper printed as a weekly from Nov. 17, 1862 until sometime in 1864. Only a few institutions have some scattered holdings of this title. The front page has a poem titled: "Green Backs - Written on the Back of a Treasury Note". Other ftpg. items include: "Still Another Rebel Raid", a letter to General Halleck, items beginning: "A recent letter of Gen. McClellan..." and "General Halleck has decreed..." and "General McClellan has received orders from Washington..." and more. Also an item: "Became A Jew".
Inside has: "The News" which has various war reports. Also: "The President's Proclamation" which is an editorial comment on the recent Emancipation Proclamation"; "The War in the Southwest" "Good News from Gen. Grant's Army" "The Battle of Murfreesboro" "From the Army of the Potomac" and other war-related items.
Perhaps of interest for genealogical purposes, taking all of the back page & a portion of page 3 is a: "List of Officers And Patients", being the officers in charge of the hospital with a very lengthy list of the soldier-patients, with names and regiments.
Four pages, never-trimmed margins, 8 1/4 by 11 1/2 inches, various foxing, nice condition.
Wikipedia notes: The Civil War completely transformed the Point. First, the Hammond General Hospital was built in 1862 to care for Union wounded. In 1863, Confederate prisoners began to be held at the hospital; and soon Camp Hoffman, a vast prison camp, was built, eventually holding 20,000 prisoners, of whom more than 3,000 died due to the harsh conditions, limited food rations and poor shelter from the elements.

Category: Yankee