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One of the more fascinating publishers from the Civil War...

Item # 696948

March 22, 1865


* Very rare Civil War title - closing events
* William Gannaway "Parson" Brownlow

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).
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.
Among the many fascinating articles are: "The Murder on Beaver Creek" "The 7th Tennesseans Again Victorious" "Panama--A Home for the Negroes" "How Many Lives the War has Cost" "East Tennesseans, Look Up" "A Dangerous Doctrine" "The Raving of a Rebel Editor About the Fate of Southern Women" and more.
Complete in 4 pages, a bit irregular at the margins, nice condition. An opportunity for one of the more fascinating newspapers of the Civil War.

Category: Yankee