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    [Final Issue Before Union Invasion]. Newspaper: The Charleston Mercury.
    2 p., Charleston, February 11, 1865, 18.5" x 24", very good. Volume LXXXVI, No. 12,291. With the Union Army making a push on Charleston, South Carolina, the newspaper was forced to halt production and relocate. The editor tells to its readers that they will return as soon as possible, writing: "The progress of military events, which has occasioned so much public and private inconvenience and suffering, has not spared the newspaper interest. The interruption of railroad communication between Charleston and the interior produces a state of affairs which compels us, temporarily, to transfer the publication officer of the MERCURY elsewhere; and today's paper will be our last issue, for the present, in the city of Charleston." The editor of the Mercury was R.B. Rhett, Jr., whose father was known as "The Father of Secession."

    The majority of the issue's articles and notices relate to the invasion of South Carolina by the Yankees, along with a message from the Governor to the citizens of South Carolina and notes on the spirit of the Confederate Army. There are also a number of interesting ads throughout, including an announcement entitled, "Notice - Congress Having Authorized the Impressment of Twenty-Five Hundred Negroes for the Engineer Service in This State, I Am Desirous of Getting Suitable Persons to Take Charge of the Companies Now Being Organized...Signed John J. Clarke, Col. and Chief Engineer Department." Very good condition, with usual flattened folds and only a few small areas of paper loss at the bottom margin.

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