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    [Gettysburg Campaign]. Confederate Newspaper: Richmond Enquirer-Extra. One page, 10.5" x 18.5", June 20, 1863. Following his victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville [Virginia, April 30-May 6, 1863], General Robert E. Lee went on the offensive, crossing his Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland and beginning his invasion of the North. Eleven days before the opening shot of the most important battle of the war, the South was buzzing with excitement at the announcement that Confederate troops were crossing the border into Pennsylvania.

    Here, the Enquirer, having just received the latest issue of the New York Herald, reprints the news from the North, in part: "The third page of the 'Herald' is emblazoned with a map of Pennsylvania . . . showing the route of the 'Rebel Invasion,' and the line of the Federal defense. All Pennsylvania is a blaze of excitement, and meetings are held in every city . . . to volunteer to check the advance of the Confederate troops." Just below are reprinted dispatches from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from June 16 stating "that the rebels are still at . . . [Shippensburg] in force, not exceeding two thousand cavalry, with no infantry. . . To-day the rebels were drawn up in line of battle, anticipating an attack. Rebel cavalry to-day occupied Littletown, eleven miles from Gettysburg, but at last accounts had not advanced beyond that point. The rebel officers at Chambersburg stated that they were only waiting for infantry to move forward. The authorities are inclined to believe, however, that they will not move further North. . . . The rebels are gathering up all negroes that can be found."

    Packed with other war news, including the ongoing siege around Vicksburg, Mississippi. Folds. Moderately foxed throughout.


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