THE SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS—RICHMOND, AUGUST 15, 1863

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Volume II./ No. 6. Eight pages (41-48), 16 x 11.5”, w/illus. and cartoon. Chipped round the extremities, w/inner page right margin torn off from mid-gap down. Else good and entirely legible.

The Southern Illustrated News began publication in September 1862, in order to provide southerners the kind of illustrated news that had been provided by Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated before the war. Struggling to stay afloat throughout the war, it managed to continue publication through March 1865 and the fall of Richmond. In this issue, the front page cover story and portrait illustration feature “Maj. Gen. Gideon J. Pillow.” This officer is praised for his Mexican War exploits and the storming of Chapultepec, but the paper is notably silent concerning his Civil War services following the fall of Ft. Donelson, an engagement in which he turned over his command to another general in order to skedaddle and avoid capture. Rear cover features an amusing “smoking” cartoon. Back page Advertisements include a new book—“New Cavalry Tactics, by Gen. Joe Wheeler.”—and notice of a new issue “next Saturday, Stonewall Jackson…accompanied by splendid “Lithographic Likeness.”

Richmond wartime papers are scarce. Solid collectible. In protective sleeve, w/ white card backing.  [sr]

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