“SOLDIER’S NEWS-LETTER”. VOL. 1, NO. 9. ( 8th VERMONT INFANTRY)

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Dated “Gretna, Louisiana, Dec. 29, 1863.”  A.W. Eastman, Editor and Proprietor. 4 pp., 8.375 x 6.25. Exhibits fold-marks & light foxing.

This interesting news sheet, written for Union Soldiers posted in Louisiana, features a front page poem—“A Counterpart To Yankee Doodle, by a Yankee Boy.”  Opening stanza:

“I’ll sing you now a Union song—the Union is so handy

It Suits the tune we’re song so long, called “Yankee Doodle Dandy!”

Yankee Doodle, mind your eye, And keep your powder handy!

To Union music keep the step, for Freedom is the Dandy!”

Also contains an articulate editorial attacking the arguments of Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens in justifying southern secession, as well as news from Vicksburg and Galveston, Texas (the capture of the Union vessel Harriet Lane), and a poem—“A Parody. By A Private in the 8th Vermont Reg.” (Tune: “Canaan’s Happy Land.”) (During the dates of publication, The 8th Vermont was posted at Brashear City, LA, and would remain in that state through July 1864.)

And interesting soldier publication--solid Louisiana-theater Civil War collectible. Invites further research into issues earlier and/or later than volume 9. In protective sleeve.  [jp] [ph:L]

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