Lot 380: Rare edition of the Confederate newspaper The Daily Citizen, July 2, 1863, and issued on July 4, one page printed on the reverse of decorative floral wallpaper, 10 x 17.75, headed, "The Grant Edition of the 1863 Vicksburg Citizen." Although the Siege of Vicksburg was coming to an end and Grant's occupation of the city was imminent, the writers still held a jaunty and spirited mood. From the third column, in part: "The great Ulysses—the Yankee Generalissimo, surnamed Grant—has expressed his intention of dining in Vicksburg on Saturday next, and celebrating the 4th of July by a grand dinner and so forth. When asked if he would invite Gen. Jo. Johnston to join he said 'No! For fear there will be a row at the table.' Ulysses must get into the city before he dines in it. The way to cook rabbit is 'first to catch the rabbit.'" A note printed at the bottom of the fourth column, dated July 4, reads: "Two days bring about great changes. The banner of the Union floats over Vicksburg. Gen. Grant has 'caught the rabbit'…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." In good condition, with several noticeably repaired separations to folds and tears, repairs to paper loss at edges, and overall toning.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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