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Description[Newspaper]. Over 150 Issues of The New York Times. Bound in an elephant folio half-calf volume, 15" x 21.5". Spanning July 1 through December 31, 1863, with content on the battles of Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and the Siege of Charleston, along with reporting on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The volume has a Hartford Library Association bookplate on the front pastedown. Includes:
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3673. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; July 2, 1863. Containing a report on the front page of "The Rebel Invasion/Highly Important from the Army of the Potomac/Defeat of Stuart's Cavalry in Three Fights...A Supposed Heavy Battle Between Gens. Meade and Lee." Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3674. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; July 3, 1863. With further reports from Gettysburg as the battle continued: "Very Important News/Further Particulars of the Battle Near Gettysburgh [sic] on Wednesday/Gen. Reynolds' First Army Corps in the Advance/An Attack by Longstreet and Hill/The Attack Successfully Resisted." Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3676. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; July 5, 1863. Reporting news and a contemporary account from the battlefield just days after the Union's important victory in Pennsylvania. With headlines such as, "Splendid Triumph of the Army of the Potomac/Rout of Lee's Forces on Friday/The Most Terrible Struggle of the War". Notably, some of the news coming from the battlefield was wrong, including the report of the deaths of Longstreet and Hill. The articles contain dispatches from General Meade about Pickett's charge on July 3rd, descriptions of the artillery exchanges, and the wounding of various generals including Confederate general Armistead. Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3683. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; July 14, 1863. Reporting on the rioting in New York following the enforcement of the draft. Headlines on the front page read, "The Mob in New York/Resistance to the Draft – Rioting and Bloodshed/Conscription Offices Sacked and Burned/Private Dwellings Pillaged and Fired/An Armory and A Hotel Destroyed/Colored People Assaulted –An Unoffending Black Man Hung...The Colored Orphan Asylum Ransacked and Burned...A Day of Infamy and Disgrace." On July 13, 1863, the day that the law was supposed to go into effect, riots erupted in New York City. Over the course of the next three days, rioters, mostly immigrant Irish, would set fire to government buildings and fight with Union troops. Sadly, what began as a protest to forced military service devolved into a race riot, as the Irish focused their anger at the free blacks with whom they were in competition for labor. Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3695. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; July 28, 1863. Containing a list of wounded and killed from the Battle of Fort Wagner on page 2: "The Repulse At Fort Wagner/Partial Lists of Killed and Wounded in the New York and New England Regiments." The report mistakenly lists Col. Robert Gould Shaw as missing in action. Shaw was killed leading the 54th Massachusetts black regiment in their near suicidal assault on Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3705. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; August 8, 1863. With front page headlines reporting on "Important From The South/Jeff. Davis Appeals to Absent Rebel Soldiers to Return to the Army/Amnesty and Pardon to Absentees all Deserters/The Women Implored to Use Their Influence/The Rebels Discouraged About Charleston" along with "The Siege of Charleston/Operations Progressing Satisfactorily on the 4th inst...It's Reduction Confidently Anticipated." Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3717. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; August 22, 1863. Containing a report on the front page of the sacking of Lawrence, Kansas: "Important From Kansas/A Raid by Eight Hundred Guerillas Under Quantrell/The Town of Lawrence Sacked and Burned." Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XII, No. 3733. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; September 10, 1863. Further news and reports coming from the Siege of Charleston, including front page headlines, "Highly Important/Glorious Progress of the Operations Against Charleston/Capture of Fort Wagner/Evacuation of the Whole of the Whole of Morris Island by the Rebels." Accompanied by new reports from the Battle of Chattanooga, "More Glorious News/Capture of Chattanooga/The City Evacuated by the Rebels on Tuesday." Period ads in the rear.
The New York Times. Vol. XIII, No. 3794. 8 pages, 15" x 20.5", New York; November 20, 1863. Reporting on the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, "The Heroes of July/A Solemn and Imposing Event/Dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburgh [sic]/Immense Numbers of Visitors/Oration by Hon. Edward Everett – Speeches of President Lincoln, Mr. Seward and Governor Seymour." Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address appears on the front page of this edition of the New York Times only hours after the president delivered the speech, making this one of the earliest printings of arguably the most important speech in American history. Though several versions of the speech were printed in the days after Lincoln delivered it on November 19, more Americans in 1863 read variations of this Times version than any other. Period ads in the rear.
The bound collection of newspapers is not a complete archive, as a few days are missing. The paper for November 14, 1863 also includes and additional supplementary issue. Most issues are 8 pages, however, some of the later ones are 12 pages.
Condition: Boards are worn and soiled, with bumped and worn corners and spine edges. The binding is missing the majority of the original spine, with a few leather remnants still intact. The front and back cover have detached completely from the binding. A few of the first pages and some of the integral pages have come loose. Binding appears to be relatively sound though. Edges of many pages are chipped with small tears and some paper loss. Dampstaining on a few of the initial pages. Edge toning. The front free endpaper has stuck to the inner edge of the first issue.
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