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



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September 07, 1848

THE BATTERY, Washington, Sept. 7, 1848  This was a campaign newspaper supporting Zachary 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 #10 issue, the title existing from July 6 through Nov. 2, 1848, then printing just two more issues: an "Extra" edition dated Nov. 16, 1848 and the final issue of 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" being 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. It was likely initiated by a poem in a previous issue titled: "A Little More Grape, Capt. Bragg."
This issue has much reporting from the Mexican War. 
Sixteen pages, 9 by 11 1/4 inches, great condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War