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    Charleston, S. C. Mercury One Sheet - "Major Anderson Surrenders - South Carolina Is Independent" - Only Example of This Date Known To Exist. 12" X 15 3/4", headed "The Charleston Mercury Extra" and dated Saturday Evening April 14, 1861". Headlines at the top, "The Battle Of Fort Sumter ! / End Of The Fight ! / Major Anderson Surrenders !" Large, bold, two line pronouncement at the bottom "South Carolina / Is Independent !". The two columns of text recount, in detail, the final hours of the battle, beginning with the action of the previous night leading in to that morning, and ending with the terms provided to Major Anderson to affect the surrender.
    While the Charleston Mercury broadside announcing "The Union Is Dissolved'" is likely the most iconic image related to these early events of the war, it is probable this one sheet is, in fact, the rarest. Overall very fine sound condition, with just some minor scattered foxing, easily dealt with by a competent document restorer, although in our opinion the document is best left in its current state. Original size, no tears at folds.
    Virtually a one time opportunity to obtain one of the most important documents related to the start of the American Civil War.


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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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