[RICHMOND] DAILY DISPATCH—OCTOBER 4, 1861

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Vol. XX--No. 79. 4 pp., 17 x 23”, seven columns. Scattered patch of light foxing in upper right hand corner. Else VG plus.

October 1861 was a period of lull in the Confederate capitol. During this month Jefferson Davis signed numerous treaties with Indian tribes, primarily in the West. He also deliberated taking slaves into the Confederate army to offset Union numerical advantages, but decided against it. Confederate commissioners Mason & Slidell that month to negotiate for negotiations with the British. At the North, Lincoln was suspending the writ of habeas corpus, removing Fremont from command.

Front page contains four columns want ads reflecting the bustle of Richmond gearing up for serious war. Want ads for recruits--for the Richmond Light Infantry Blues, 50 men for the 1st Virginia Infantry. For slaves of all kinds to be leased, rented, hired, and put to various kinds of work. War news contains word from Norfolk, of “Paroled prisoners--schooner abandoned, fifteen Thousand dollars sunk.”

Interior war news contains summary tidbits of the war—From Missouri…From Kentucky…From Kansas”…with mention of “Another Port Blockaded—Loss of a Schooner—The Federals again Whipped in Arizona—Proclamations of Gov. Harris—Movements in Kentucky—the Capture of Hopkinsville.”

The entire back page consists of fascinating military notices and advertisement for military goods & clothing.

Solid Richmond newspaper collectible. In protective sleeve, w/white card backing.  [jp] [ph:L]

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