NEW ORLEANS DAILY DELTA - MARCH 14, 1861

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Vol. XVI—No. 198. 8 pp., 16 x22”, six columns. Exhibits very slight foxing & yellowing, w/one small one inch tape repair at front cover lower. Else VG plus, entirely legible, and free of fold-marks. Definitely frame-able.

Front page features a printing of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, telegraphed from Montgomery, AL. (Louisiana had seceded from the Union, January 26, 1861.) Also “Telegraphic News” as follows:

“Interesting From Texas…Governor Houston refuses to recognize the Convention now in session at Austin…he opposes that Texas should join the Southern Confederacy…On the 5th of March, Texas was represented in the Senate of the United States and the Congress of the Confederate States.”

On its editorial page, the Delta lambasts various U.S. career army officers, such Generals Wool, Major Anderson and General Scott, for having cast their lot with the Black Republicans, while chastising various Black Republican politician such as Senator Sumner—“a conceited, shallow, superficial patriot, whose heart contains but one passion, hatred of the South.”

Heading toward war, the attitude of the paper and New Orleans in general is definitely of bristling belligerence--reflected in the Delta’s listings of various military units, now assembling—Southern Cadets, Mississippi rifles, American Rifles, Louisiana Guards, Chalmette Guards, Louisiana Independent Rangers, Army of Louisiana.

Advertisements contain many notices of slave sales and auctions. Along with notice from a Canal Street bookseller of a book for sale by a New York author—"Negroes and Slavery…the first an inferior race, the latter its normal condition.”

Also numerous listings of the Mississippi river & Oceanic steamships. This March 14, 1861 issue makes note notes 49 ships sailing for Livermore, England, and 11 for Havre, France. One month later, following the firing on Fort Sumter, and the institution of the Federal naval blockade, the oceanic listings abruptly cease. In consequence, New Orleans standing and status as a world class seaport is gone with the wind.

A fascinating paper, containing many fascinating anecdotes. Superb piece for New Orleans and Civil War Louisiana collectors. In protective sleeve.  [jp]

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