1862 NEW ORLEANS NEWSPAPER UNDER UNION OCCUPATION
The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sunday Morning, August 31, 1862
This exceedingly scarce Southern newspaper published only four months after Union forces captured the city of New Orleans, contains the complete printing of the Confiscation Act of Congress, calling for suppression of the Southern insurrection. In his proclamation, Abraham Lincoln he asked persons in the rebellion to cease participating in or abetting it, and “to return to their proper allegiance to the United States, on pain of the forfeitures and seizures….” The first part of the actual Act itself stated, in part, “that any person who shall hereafter commit the crime of treason against the United States, and shall be adjudged guilty thereof, shall suffer death, and all his slaves, if any, shall be declared and made free…”
General Benjamin Butler’s report on the Battle of Baton Rouge goes regiment by regiment and points out the individual heroes of the intense fighting–it runs almost 1 1/2 columns!
4 pages, folio, complete and in very fine condition. Civil War newspapers from New Orleans, whether Union or Confederate, are not easy to come by anymore. This is a tremendous opportunity to have a look at life in this fascinating city from the point of view of the people who lived there. All the local news and fascinating advertisements add to the color and bring the past alive! Very reasonably priced, too…and we don’t have another such newspaper!