THE DAILY EXPRESS, PETERSBURG, VA - MAY 11, 1861

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Vol. XI—No. 115. 23.5 x 16.5. Exhibits light fold-marks, slight chipping at the margins. Else VG plus & entirely legible.

Located 21 miles south of Richmond, Petersburg, Va., was the center of a railroad network that would be absolutely crucial during the Civil. It was the fall of Petersburg during a siege lasting from June 1864 through April 1865 that would seal the doom of Lee’s Army and the Confederacy itself.

This issue appeared a month after the Confederate capture of Ft. Sumter. The conflict had just begun and the paper was crammed with war news, including a dispatch from the London times asked the following questions: “What next? An Attempt to recapture Ft. Sumter? A struggle for the Capitol? A contest for Ft. Pickens? A struggle for the Capitol? A diversion in Texas? A renewal of negotiation? No one knows, and what’s worse, no one credits President Lincoln with any plan…”

In the Times view, if the fall of Ft. Sumter was an “omen of the result, the rich and unready North will be no match for the fiery forwardness of the South.

Other stories and headlines include: “The News From Missouri”—The Resistance the South Will Make”—“An Alabama rifle Regiment Coming to Virginia”—“Don’t Wait For Regulations—Guerilla Fighting.”—“Chances of Being Killed in Battle”—"The Military School”—“A Suggestion to the [Patriotic] Ladies.”—“Black Republican Policy”—“Row Among Jersey Troops”—"A Slander On Virginia”—INTENSE EXCITEMENT! Proclamation From general Harney.”

An excellent early-war Virginia newspaper collectible. In protective sleeve, w/white card backing.  [jp]

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