THE GREAT BATTLE OF SHILOH (PITTSBURG LANDING)
Charleston Daily Courier, South Carolina
Confederate States of America
April 8, 1862
Front page stacked headlines scream: “The Great Battle of the West. OFFICIAL DISPATCH FROM GEN. BEAUREGARD. THE VICTORY COMPLETE. Death of Albert Sidney Johnston. HEAVY LOSS ON BOTH SIDES.” One and a half columns are dedicated to “Breaking News” on the costly Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee that began when Gen. A.S. Johnston attacked U.S. Grant’s forces at Pittsburg Landing. After the first day, the Confederates were confident of victory, however Union reinforcements arrived during the night, and forced the Southern troops to eventually withdraw. Casualties were staggering on both sides.
This issue also contains notices of several auction houses trading in slaves (see scans). The Courier was one of the few Southern newspapers to place “CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA” in its masthead making it an extremely desirable collectible.
4 pages, in fine, clean condition–very well preserved for a Confederate newspaper, and quite easy to just pick up and read “history as it happened” from a Southern viewpoint. Confederate issues reporting major Civil War events are exceedingly scarce.