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115C: Vicksburg Daily Citizen. Wallpaper Newspaper

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VICKSBURG - Wallpaper Newspaper. The Daily Citizen. J. H. Swords,......Proprietor. Vicksburg, Miss. Thurday, July 2, 1863.
Vicksburg: 2 July 1863 [but 4 July 1863]. Newspaper printed on floral wallpaper (490 x 290 mm). Text in 4 columns. The wallpaper with a pale pink background decorated with pale green flowers with reddish-brown centers. Condition: foxing, usual folds, minor separations. the famous wall-paper edition of the vicksburg daily citizen. First printing, second issue. With the 14-line Note at the end of the fourth column dated 4 July 1863: "Two days bring about great changes. The banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg. Gen. Grant has 'caught the rabbit,' and he did bring his dinner with him. The 'Citizen' lives to see it. For the last time it appears on 'Wall-paper.' ... This is the last wallpaper edition, and is, excepting this note, from the types as we found them. It will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity." During Grant's siege of Vicksburg, newspaper publisher J. H. Swords had resorted to using sheets of wallpaper due to the lack of supplies. His 2 July issue would be the last. Grant occupied the city that day and with Sword's type still set on press, the issue was reprinted with the revised final paragraph given above. Although a number of facsimiles exist, this copy conforms in every way to the various known points.

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