NEW ORLEANS “DAILY DELTA” NEWSPAPER—FEBRUARY 12, 1861

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Item Code: 145-40

Vol. XVI, No. 86. 8 pp, 22” x 16, 6 columns.  Exhibits slight chipping along left margin, small minor taped spot on right margin. Else VG plus.

Front page features news of the Louisiana Convention that had voted to secede from the Union, January 26, 1861.  Also  news of Congressional affairs in Washington where Senators Benjamin and Slidell had had just delivered speeches announcing their withdrawal from that body (transcription of speeches on third page.)

On the eve of war, New Orleans was a bustling world class seaport, as reflected in “River” & “Maritime Intelligence” columns. Including numerous sailing notices—steamboats heading north to Ohio River ports of  Cairo, Cincinnati, and Louisville—ocean shipping to Galveston, Key West, Vera Cruz, Havre, Boston, Genoa, Liverpool, Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Bremen, Philadelphia. Two months hence, the Union blockade would severely curtail the city’s river traffic and maritime trade.

“City Intelligence” announces the coming of Mardi Gras, and “The Mistick Crew Of Comus”, and new of military matters—“The military spirit is gaining everyday in our city.” With mention of the “Calhoun Guards”, and “Orleans Guard. “

In the “Auction Sales” section,  C.E. Girardey & Co. offer “A Gang of  of Twenty choice Plantation Slaves” and another “Gang of Likely Slaves”…”All very likely and Guaranteed against the Vices and Maladies prescribed by Law.”

A solid New Orleans collectible, providing a fascinating  glimpse of the City on the eve of war. In protective sleeve.  [jp] [ph:L]

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