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    Newspaper: New-Orleans Commercial Bulletin. Vol. 31, No. 98, two pages, 21" x 28", New Orleans, April 25, 1862. Printed on the day that Flag Officer David G. Farragut sailed into the city of New Orleans. One article on page one asks the question, "If the city be captured, what then?" It reads in part:

    "Well, saving the discredit to our will be to the enemy a bootless victory. He will get no cotton. Every pound of it will have been burnt...A part of it has been already destroyed...He can get no bullion, unless he steals family plate, and even of that he will find but little. He can get little or no tobacco. He will get few arms or munitions. He may get some sugar and molasses, but an inconsiderable amount o either; and more than this he will only get possession of the city."

    At the time, New Orleans was the largest city in the Confederacy as well as its most important port city. The capture was virtually unopposed and the city formally surrendered on April 28.

    Other news pieces include a letter from Fort Jackson, the Battle of Lee's Farm, then-Colonel Stand Watie's Cherokee Regiment, and others. There is some staining on the front page along the right margin and some minor foxing throughout; small holes toward the bottom that do not affect the text much. Otherwise in fine condition.

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    It continues: "All its able bodied men will have quit it for the camp, where they will learn how to get revenge for their temporary humiliation, and whence they will be ready to drive the enemy out at the first opportune moment. Without cotton, without tobacco, without munitions, without prisoners, and with a determined army threatening him in the inferior, the possession of New Orleans will be an expensive honor, which will not be worth its cost."

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