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    Volume 1, Issue Number Two of the Columbia Phoenix, March 23, 1865 With an Account of the Fall of Columbia, South Carolina to Union Troops. Printed on a single sheet measuring 22" x 8.25". The Columbia Phoenix (1865-1878) literally rose from the ashes of the defeated city mere weeks after being occupied by troops led by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. Large portions of the city were burned and in this, only the second issue, the "Capture, Sack and Destruction of the City of Columbia" are graphically described in four installments continued from the first issue published on March 21st (the paper was published triweekly). The paper has toned and shows some light scattered foxing, small insect holes, and old fold creases, otherwise in excellent condition.

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    Amazingly, the paper was still printing Confederate General Orders - "Col. A. F. Rudler is hereby assigned as Commander of the Post at Columbia, S.C."; "All officers and men now in the city who are unattached will report to these headquarters for organization as a guard for post duty." And, the issue included a critique of a message from Confederate President Jefferson Davis which reads, in part: "The message of President Davis recently presented to the two Houses of Congress, is a well-written document which frankly acknowledges that we are now in the worst of our fortunes. But it exhibits a calm and resolute temper; discourages apprehensions, counsels manly cheer and hearty determination, and indicates the possession in the country of resources still quite adequate to the maintenance of our cause and the assertion of our rights. He suggests certain amendments in the militia and the conscription laws, and congratulates Congress on the passage of the bill for arming negroes, though he expresses regret that the measure had not before been adopted." Even as the city falls, life goes on and the small paper is filled with the typical ads for rooms to rent, dentistry, schools, and other notices.

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