RICHMOND WHIG AND PUBLIC ADVERTISER—JUNE 9, 1863

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Vol. 40—Number 46. 4 pp., 16 x 24” Exhibits light yellowing and slight chipping along right margin. Large inked, handwritten “Vicksburg,” appears in uppermost right hand corner above masthead. A mall piece of paper is stuck, in the upper right hand corner,  just below the masthead. Else VG and entirely legible. In protective sleeve, w/white card backing.

This issue is loaded with war news, and, the Whig editors are well aware of Lee’s movements in early June (toward Pennysylvania). In the passage below,  they refuse to speculate as to his destination or the final result, but predict “events of great consequence.”

GENERAL LEE…It is generally known, to raise any question in the prudence of speaking of it, that General Lee has put his army in motion. His designs are known only to himself and to those with whom it is duty of confer—A few days will disclose them to the public, who are willing to wait patiently in full confidence that the result will vindicate the wisdom of what he undertakes. A forward movement on his part has for some time been anticipated by the enemy, and is regarded with perceptible uneasiness. Whether he is to justify their apprehension, by crossing the Rappahannock, we have no means of determining any more than our readers. Should he do so, events of great consequence will speedily follow.

Included is a front page profile of Clement Vallandigham, the Ohio “Copperhead” Congressman tried by military court for his vehement opposition to “Lincoln’s War”, and expelled to the Confederacy. The profile concludes with the following statement:

“It is, perhaps, proper to observe that our object is not to show that Mr. Vallandigham, in proclaiming himself an enemy of Lincoln, is necessarily a friend to the Confederate States…He has never taken the ground that Southern secession is a proper remedy for the grievances which we have suffered, or were likely to suffer at the hands of the Northern Abolitonists…We hope that what we have thus hastily written will enable the intelligent reader to form a correct opinion of the character and position of a man who, just at this time, fills a very large space in the public view.

Also columns on “The Belt of Destruction” (Union depredations throughout the South) and “War to the Knife” (urging a “Black Flag”, take-no-prisoners policy toward perpetrators of Yankee atrocities). As well as news of the dismissal of the British Consul for the port of Richmond. Plus a lengthy column of Lincoln ridicule titled “Spiritualism at the White House: Old Abe Has An Interview With Spiritual Rappers.”

Not forgetting news from the West—“The Siege of Vicksburg and Port Hudson—Interesting and Encouraging Reports”. And much more…

Excellent Richmond newspaper collectible, published on the eve the 1863 Gettysburg campaign.  [jp]

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