THE DAILY [NEW ORLEANS] DELTA, MARCH 15, 1861

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Vol. XVI—No. 109. 8 pp., 16 x 22”, six columns. Pages detached, Exhibits slight yellowing & couple of neat tape repairs. Else VG & entirely legible.

By mid-March, Louisiana had seceded from the Union, Lincoln had been inaugurated, and the country was drifting toward Ft. Sumter and the onset of war. New Orleans was at that time a bustling cosmopolitan river-seaport, second only to New York City in importance. The coming Union blockade would ruin New Orleans commerce, and the City itself would fall to Farragut’s fleet in little more than a year. Meanwhile, on March 15, 1861..

…the Delta front page featured news of the Confederate Congress in Montgomery, AL, soon to shift to Richmond; along with dispatches on “Affairs at Ft. Sumter.” Followed by “City Intelligence”, “River Intelligence”, “financial intelligence”, as shipping lists of numerous vessels soon to embark for Liverpool, Glasgow, Havre and other foreign.

Interior columns contain additional news concerning Sumter, as well as recruitment notices for the numerous regiments then assembling. Along with slave sale notices, and plantation sale advertisements. Along with a list of letters, by name, waiting for pickup at the New Orleans post office. In mid-March 1861, New Orleans was a hive of secessionist activity with residents living in a hive of optimistic anxiety.

Excellent collectible for New Orleans buffs and Louisiana Civil War aficionados. In protective sleeve, w/white card backing.  [jp]

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