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    [Texas C.S.A.] Group of Texas Civil War-era Newspapers. This impressive collection of fifteen Texas newspapers is dated during the Civil War or shortly thereafter (December 12, 1861, through October 5, 1865). (1) The New Era. Four pages, 12.5" x 19", October 5, 1865, La Grange, Texas. Irregular toning at the top of front page; some tears along folds. Very good. Includes the important "Address of Hon. John H. Reagan, to the People of Texas/ In Prison, Fort Warren,/ Boston Harbor, Aug. 11th, 1865." John Reagan had resigned his Congressional seat at the beginning of the Civil War; he then served the Confederacy as postmaster general. At the end of the war after the Confederate government hastily fled Richmond, Reagan carried out the duties of the Treasury Department. In May 1865, Reagan and President Davis were captured. Reagan spent twenty-two weeks in a prison in Boston. During this time, he wrote this moving letter to the people of Texas asking them to "recognize the supreme authority of the Government of the United States" and to "recognize the abolition of slavery, and the right of those who have been slaves to the privileges and protection of the law of the land." Upon returning to Texas in December 1865 following his release from prison, he found that most Texans had ostracized him for his views expressed in this letter. The following newspapers are also included in this collection:
    (2) Sherman Weekly Journal. Two pages, 17.5" x 23", December 12, 1861, Sherman, Grayson County, Texas. Includes printed letter from Secretary of War Simon Cameron to Brigadier General T. W. Sherman. Age-tone; very good.
    (3) Galveston Tri-Weekly News. Four pages, 10" x 9.5", August 30, 1862, Houston. Brittle with many tape repairs. Separation along some folds. Contains some minor paper loss. Fair.
    (4) Galveston Tri-Weekly News. Four pages, 14" x 17.75", April 8, 1864, Houston. Age-toned with chipping; good.
    (5) Galveston Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 9" x 12", May 16, 1864, Houston. Contains battle news from Virginia and Arkansas. Tears and chipping along left edge; 2" piece of tape along top border. Very good.
    (6) Galveston Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 12.5" x 18", May 30, 1864, Houston. Contains pencil notations at top. Fine.
    (7) Galveston Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 11" x 18", November 21, 1864, Houston. Complete separation along middle horizontal fold. Toned; very good.
    (8) Galveston Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 12.75" x 18.75", January 11, 1865, Houston. Features a report written three months before Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House that states that slaves are being sold at auction "cheaper by far than we have known them sold before since the war." Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation did not immediately free any slaves when it was issued in 1863. Instead, southern slaves were freed by the end of the war in April 1865, just a few months after the printing of this newspaper article. At that point, former slave owners lost all of the capital that had been tied up in their ownership of slaves. Fine.
    (9) Tri-Weekly Telegraph. Two pages, 15.5" x 21.5", July 20, 1863, Houston, with news that the "noble garrison at Vicksburg capitulated last Saturday morning, the 4th." Complete separation along vertical fold and horizontal fold. Chipping and tears to edges. Good.
    (10) Tri-Weekly Telegraph. Two pages, 12" x 18", January 27, 1864, Houston. Fine.
    (11) Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 9.75" x 14.5", September 8, 1862, Houston. Contains a message from Confederated President Jefferson Davis. Some discoloration above masthead; toned and near fine.
    (12) Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 11.5" x 17", May 26, 1863, Houston. Contains article entitled "Emancipation in Missouri" about a slavery emancipation proclamation issued by "The bogus Governor" of Missouri. Fine.
    (13) Tri-Weekly News. Two pages, 12" x 18.5", July 30, 1863, Houston. Uneven lower border; toned and near fine.
    (14) The Houston Daily Telegraph. Two pages, 12" x 18.5", February 26, 1864, Houston. Some small stains; chipping, else very good.
    (15) The Weekly State Gazette. Two pages, 12.5" x 19", September 14, 1864, Austin, with listing of "Sequestrated Property" by "Thomas Moore/ Confederate States Receiver". Toned with complete separation along the middle horizontal fold; otherwise, very good.


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