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Rare 1870's Reunion Printing of the July 2, 1863 Civil War Confederate "Wallpaper" Edition of THE DAILY CITIZEN

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1870's Reunion Souvenir Copy Printing of the Historic July 2, 1863-Dated Civil War Period Confederate "Wallpaper" Edition of, THE DAILY CITIZEN, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Newspaper, Very Fine.

THE DAILY CITIZEN, Grant's Vicksburg Victory Reunion Printing held in the 1870's reprinting of the famously historic Confederate Vicksburg, MS. published Newspaper. This souvenir historic reprint is rare unto itself as a Civil War collectible. This issue of The Daily Citizen - was printed on emergency wallpaper originally and here being reproduced, itself also using the original printing plate and on a decorative wallpaper with its color design patterns on the reverse. This early collector newspaper edition measures 11" x 18.75", 1 page, as a reprinted copy of the July 2, 1863 of The Daily Citizen. Period c. 1870 pencil writing at the top margin’s selvage edge within the blank portion reading: "Price is 10 cents a copy - if any one wants to buy". Overall complete and well printed, some folds and minor wear hole at center with small edge chips mostly at bottom, as shown. A nice displayable copy and a great piece of collectible history.


Vicksburg’s, The Daily Citizen, Wallpaper Reprint of July 2, 1863 Edition is among the most famous Civil War newspapers were those printed in besieged Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Once the city's regular stocks of newsprint were depleted, J.M. Swords, publisher of the Daily Citizen, began using wallpaper for printing stock. Federal troops, entering Vicksburg, found the type set-up for the July 2nd edition in the paper's offices and, after a few adjustments to the text, ran off a number of copies. These proved to be such popular souvenirs that subsequent copies were made well into the post-war era, many at G.A.R. reunions in the 1870s.

The City of Vicksburg was under siege for several months before falling on July 4, 1863. On the confiscated newspaper presses, the Federal troops found the print for this issue still in the chase. After altering the last paragraph announcing Grant's victory they proceeded in printing the paper. The original Federal-printed Daily Citizen currently commands $5000. As a result of the uniqueness, it was reprinted in the later 19th Century primarily for Civil War veteran reunions. A wonderful keepsake made for those who served.
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