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Campaign newspaper supporting Zachary Taylor for President... Great political cartoon for a masthead...



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October 19, 1848

THE BATTERY, Washington, Oct. 19, 1848  This was a campaign newspaper supporting Zschsry Taylor for President and Millard Fillmore for Vice President.
In the era before radio, television, and the internet it was not uncommon for political parties to create short-lived newspapers to support their candidate and publicize their political platform. Such newspapers were short-lived; once the election was over so was the newspaper, however some titles existed for some months afterward.
This is the #16 issue, the title existing from July 6 through 11 2, 1848, then printing just two more issues: Nov. 16, 1848 and Jan. 25, 1849, for a total of 20 issues.
The great masthead engraving is a political cartoon showing the heroic Taylor on his horse commanding: "A little More Grape! Captain Bragg" to be shot at Lewis Cass, his political rival.
This phrase was a famous one, a command to then-Captain Braxton Bragg to fire more grapeshot at the Mexicans during the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican War.
Sixteen pages, never bound nor trimmed so it folds out to one large sheet with wide margins, 9 3/4 by 11 1/2 inches, some dirtiness to the front page, mild margin wear.

Category: Pre-Civil War