Lot 191

[CIVIL WAR, CONFEDERATE NEWSPAPER]. The Daily Citizen, Vicksburg, Mississippi, J.M. Swords, Proprietor, 2 July 1863.

Folio broadside, printed on the back of a sheet of printed wallpaper (large brocade pattern), roman type, four columns text, scattered soiling and staining, tape repairs along horizontal and vertical folds, some chipping and losses to margins, 19 x 12 in.

***When issued on July 2nd, the editor included the following note: ‘On Dit.–That the great Ulysses–the Yankee Generalissimo, surnamed grant-has expressed his intention of dining in Vicksburg on Saturday next, and celebrating the 4th of July by a grand dinner and so forth. When asked if he would invite Gen. Jo. Johnston to join he said ‘No! For fear there will be a row at the table’ Ulysses must get into the city before he dines in it. The way to cook a rabbit is ‘first catch the rabbit’ &c.’ When Union forces finally entered the city July 4th, they found the type still standing, and proceeded to issue the paper again with the addition of the following note: ‘Two days bring about great changes, the banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg, Gen Grant has “caught the rabbit”; he has dined in Vicksburg, and he did bring his dinner with him. The “Citizen” lives to see it. For the last time it appears on “Wall-paper”. No more will it eulogize the luxury of mule-meat and fricasseed kitten–urge Southern warriors to such diet never more, This is the last wall-paper edition, and is, excepting this note, from the types as we found them. It will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity.’

This copy meets all ten points specified by the Library of Congress Information Circular 3 (revised 1967).

Estimate: £800-£1,200