ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S “HOUSE DIVIDED” SPEECH

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New York Semi-Weekly Tribune
June 25, 1858

Abraham Lincoln opens his campaign as the Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois of Stephen A. Douglas with an impassioned speech against slavery (but not slaveholders). Boldly headlined on page six: “REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES. SPEECH OF THE HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, OF ILLINOIS, At the Republican State Convention, June 16, 1858.” Lincoln states, in part, “We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was inititated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting an end to Slavery agitation…In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed. ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’” (a quote from Matthew 12, verse 25). Lincoln goes on to state, “I believe this Government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.” Lincoln’s speech is seconded in a superb Horace Greeley editorial which says, in part, “We need not ask attention to this concise and admirable statement. Mr. Lincoln never fails to make a good speech…and this is one of his best efforts. And its leading positions will be heartily indorsed by the great body of the Republicans of other States, as they already have been by those of Illinois.”

Eight pages, complete, and in fine, clean condition with old folds. Very few newspapers published Lincoln’s now legendary speech, and it is near impossible to locate another one anywhere. A very key opportunity for the Lincoln enthusiast/collector/scholar!    $3,500

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THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION – EXECUTION OF THE CONSPIRATORS

harpers-1865-linc-assass-mh.jpgGRAPHIC SKETCHES OF THE EXECUTION AND VICTIMS!!


Harper’s Weekly,
New York

July 22, 1865

This highly sought-after issue of Harper’s contains incredible sketches of the hangings of Mrs. Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Harold, and J.W. Atzerott, all convicted in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Illustrations show three of the conspirators, adjusting the ropes, the house of Mrs. Surratt in Washington, and finally the graphic scene with the four bodies hanging by their necks! Other full page sketches include the interior of a bombed out Fort Sumter after its surrender, and a superb sketch taken from a photo of Gen. O.O. Howard, eventual founder of Howard University in Washington, DC. Finally, there is an extraordinary scene of the Battlefield at Gettysburg, just two years after the decisive struggle.

16 pages, complete and in very fine condition. I have but one issue, so please call if you want to reserve this famous original illustrated newspaper from the Civil War era.

$450

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THE BATTLEFIELD AT BULL RUN (MANASSAS) JUST AFTER THE WAR ENDED

bull-run-battlefield-mh.jpg “The Desolation of Virginia by the War”//
EARLY BASEBALL GAME!


The New York Times

June 13, 1865

Please see the front page stacked headlines on an official visit to the Bull Run Battlefield where two key Civil War battles were hard fought. The special dispatch to the Times reporst the dedication of a monument to the soldiers killed there. The lengthy description of the battlegrounds in Northern Virginia is particularly interesting. The piece ends with, “The number of visitors to Bull Run is already becoming so great that a hotel is talked of, to be erected as soon as the railroad is again in operation. It will be a paying investment.” (!)

This “loaded” issue published shortly after the Civil War ceased contains reports on the Trial of the Assassins of President Abraham Lincoln, news from “THE SOUTH,” that consists of long reports from Southern states on the condition of railroads, the land, and even voting rights for the newly-freed slaves.

EARLY BASEBALL! Page 8 has a report titled: “Base Ball–The Arrival of the Philadelphia Ball Players. ATHLETIC OF PHILADELPHIA vs. EUREKA OF NEWARK.” There is also a box score of the previous days’ game won in 9 innings by the Athletic, 12-2. “Over two thousand spectators were collected on the ball grounds of the Eureka Club to witness the contest, and it proved to be a very interesting display of the beauties of the game…”

Eight pages, complete as published in 1865, and in truly excellent condition. You can pick this one up and read it with ease! Price is right, too!

$125

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JEFFERSON DAVIS FINALLY CAPTURED!

davis-taken-mh.jpg“He Puts on His Wife’s Petticoats and Tries to Sneak into the Woods!”


The New York Times

May 15, 1865

The front page of this remarkable issue contains stacked headlines and dispatches on the taking of former Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, and his apparent cowardice fleeing in his wife’s petticoats hoping to elude Union forces! Many papers reported this detail, however the true story appears to be that Davis was wearing a waterproof raincoat and a shawl owing to the rain, but that he did indeed attempt to flee from the pursuing Union soldiers.

The paper also contains an eyewitness account on the killing of John Wilkes Booth. Headlines beginning, “TRIAL OF THE ASSASSINS,” lead into very lengthy and fascinating reports on the trials of the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. There are also two columns of correspondence between Generals’ Lee and Halleck.

Four pages, near mint condition. Add this gem to your Civil War collection!

$360

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JOHN WILKES BOOTH FOUND AND SHOT

booth-killed-half-page.jpg“DEATH of the MURDERER of Lincoln!”

The Philadelphia Enquirer
April 28, 1865

Front page stacked headlines scream: “BOOTH THE ASSASSIN. He is Traced to his Hiding Place. HE REFUSES TO SURRENDER. THE BARN SET ON FIRE. Death of the Murderer of Lincoln! HOW BOOTH WAS DISCOVERED. Loyal Negroes Guide His Pursuers. Full Particulars of the Pursuit and Capture.” Incredible front page map titled: “DEATH SCENE OF THE ASSASSIN. Map Showing the Place where Booth was Killed and Harold Captured.” Full reports on the hunt and killing of John Wilkes Booth make for incredible historic reading you won’t find in a textbook!

Other end-of-war news includes Lincoln’s funeral cortege arriving in Buffalo, a conference between Generals’ Sherman and Johnston in North Carolina to discuss terms for the vanquished Confederates, and rounding up other Southern portions of armies still on the loose.

Eight pages, some wear at the spine along fold, an inside transparent archival tape repair, otherwise in clean, white condition. A prize for the finest Civil War collection!

$750

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THE FUNERAL OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

lincoln-funeral-mast.jpgThe New York Times
April 20, 1865

Front page, stacked headlines and column upon column of details of the sad ceremony including the funeral sermon, and scenes of mourning in New York City (see the scans). All pages contain heavy black rules in mourning for the assassinated President Lincoln.

But, this particular newspaper is also filled with end of the war details and captures, including the last cavalry battle of General George A. Custer, and scenes of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee’s army to General U.S. Grant. There is also an item on the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Lincoln.

Eight pages, very fine condition. A little wear along the centerfold is all that keeps this remarkable historic newspaper from the excellent-near mint category. The only one in inventory.

$750

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THE FINAL BATTLE FOR RICHMOND!

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“THE DECISIVE STRUGGLE FOR THE WAR IN PROGRESS!”

The New York Times
April 3, 1865

Front page headlines scream: “VICTORY! Official Dispatches from President Lincoln, General Grant and Secretary (of War) Stanton. Grant and Lee personally directing their forces. Overwhelming Defeat of the Rebel Army. COMPLETE INVESTMENT OF PETERSBURG.” There are no fewer than six dispatches from President Lincoln all on page one the first page! (This was the actual date Richmond fell to U.S. Grant’s forces.) The entire front page consists of action battle reports, key dispatches, and eyewitness details! There is plenty of war coverage from other areas as well including the capture of Boone, NC, in the mountains.

The condition of this complete 8-page Times issue is near mint to mint. You’ll be amazed and so will your colleagues, family and friends. An extraordinary and historic newspaper!

$475

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CHARLESTON AND COLUMBIA BOTH CAPTURED AT LAST!

charleston-falls-mh.jpg CHARLESTON, THE CITY WHERE THE WAR BEGAN, IS EVACUATED//
THE CAPITAL OF SOUTH CAROLINA IS TAKEN BY GEN. SHERMAN

The New York Times
February 21, 1865

The city where at Fort Sumter, the first shot of the war was fired, finally succumbs after almost four years of intense fighting and Union naval bombardment. Headlines scream: “GOOD NEWS. CHARLESTON IN OUR POSSESSION. The City Abandoned by the Rebels on Saturday Last. SHERMAN’S GRAND TRIUMPH. THE OCCUPATION OF COLUMBIA.” Loaded with front page dispatches, eyewitness reports, and news from other war fronts such as Wilmington, Richmond (Gen. Lee’s Army trying to defend the Confederate capital), and even the whereabouts of the famed Colonel Mosby!

Eight pages, complete, and in superb, near mint condition!

$220

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CAPTURE OF SAVANNAH – GEN. SHERMAN’S “CHRISTMAS PRESENT” TO PRESIDENT LINCOLN!

savannah-falls-mh.jpg“To His Excellency, President Lincoln: I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.” – Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, Dec. 22, 1865

The New York Times
December 26, 1864

The frong page stacked headlines announce the news: “SAVANNAH OURS. SHERMAN’S CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Official Dispatches from Generals Sherman and Foster. WHAT SHERMAN FOUND. ESCAPE OF HARDEE’S ARMY. AN ALMOST BLOODLESS VICTORY.” The printing of General Sherman’s famous dispatch to President Lincoln printed in full on page one, presenting him with the city of Savannah as a Christmas Present–a piece of the past I learned from my 8th grade history teacher! Besides the bold headlines, there are reports and dispatches on the victory, and a description of the Georgia port city.

Page 8 contains news from Gen. Phil Sheridan’s Army including a cavalry fight. In another report, Union forces were said to have defeated Confederate General Hood in a battle.

Eight pages, complete and in fine condition. There is some offsetting on the editorial page. Journalism certainly was interesting in those days!

$650

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S FINAL STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

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New York Tribune
December 7, 1864

Beginning on page one and carrying over for three columns of the second page, Abraham Lincoln, asks for reconsideration of the 13th amendment which would abolish slavery, reports favorably on the reconstruction efforts in Louisiana, Maryland and elsewhere, and talks about the prospects for peace. He ends his message: “In stating a single condition of peace, I mean simply to say, that the war will cease on the part of the Government whenever it shall have been ceased on the part of those who began it.”

This historic newspaper also contains the full reports of the Treasury Secretary and the Postmaster General–both quite fascinating to read actually!

Eight pages and in truly excellent condition.

$350

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