Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    LAST EDITION THE DAILY CITIZEN, VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI PRINTED ON WALL PAPER JULY 2 AND 4, 1863. The Daily Citizen, J. M. Swords....Proprietor. This is the famous last issue of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen, the most celebrated of Civil War wallpaper newspapers. When issued on July 2nd, the editor included the following note: "On Dit.--That the great Ulysses--the Yankee Generalissimo, surnamed grant-has expressed his intention of dining in Vicksburg on Saturday next, and celebrating the 4th of July by a grand dinner and so forth. When asked if he would invite Gen. Jo. Johnston to join he said 'No! For fear there will be a row at the table' Ulysses must get into the city before he dines in it. The way to cook a rabbit is 'first catch the rabbit' &c." When Union forces finally entered the city July 4th, they found the type still standing, and proceeded to issue the paper again with the addition of the following note: "Two days bring about great changes, the banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg, Gen Grant has 'caught the rabbit;' he has dined in Vicksburg, and he did bring his dinner with him. The 'Citizen' lives to see it. For the last time it appears on 'Wall-paper.' No more will it eulogize the luxury of mule-meat and fricasseed kitten--urge Southern warriors to such diet never more, This is the last wall-paper edition, and is, excepting this note, from the types as we found them. It will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity." This copy meets all ten points specified by the Library of congress Information Circular 3 (revised 1967). Good, fold marks, very minor losses along main fold just slightly affecting text; early pencil note reading "Genuine copy of the last issue of the Daily Citizen printed on wall paper. Relic owned by S. G. Kelsey."

    Sales Records: Sotheby's New York, June 16, 1992, lot 206, $3500.
    Swann, April 27, 1995, lot 89, $3600.
    Swann, Sept. 11, 1997, lot 92, $2600.

    Condition: Very good-Fine.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 4,468

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 May 2 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search