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Vicksburg Daily Citizen, July 2, 1863

The Last Confederate-Print Edition,
Meets all Criteria Established by the LOC.


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Original issue of The Vicksburg Daily Citizen for July 2, 1863, w/ concluding end-note by occupying Union troops, dated July 4th. Vicksburg, Miss(issippi): J. M. Swords, Proprietor.  Folio; 1p.; floral design on wallpaper (red and green flowers on a blue and beige background).

Edited and published in besieged Vicksburg, the Citizen had exhausted its newsprint and was being printed on wallpaper by the time the city fell.

On July 4th Vicksburg surrendered; the publisher fled.  Union forces found the type of the Citizen set and standing, waiting to be printed. They replaced the type at the very end with this now famous “Note: “Two days bring about great changes. The banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg…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, and is, excepting this note, from the type as we found them. It will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity. (sic)

This copy meets every typographical point established by the Library of Congress for the originals.

In excellent condition; central fold mark; larger than usual margins with edges a bit serrated as usual. A crisp, clear copy with some minor marginal soiling.