Monthly Archives: October 2011

Grim Reaper?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch October 29, 1861: Non-extension of M’Cormick’s reaper patent. The Commissioner of Patents has declared adversely on McCormick’s application for the extension of his reaper patent of 1847, for the following reasons: 1. 1st. That the … Continue reading

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Responding to Need

The war is disrupting the economies of North and South. Here’s a couple Southern examples from the Richmond Daily Dispatch October 29, 1861: Deserves Emulation. A free market has been opened in Mobile for those who are not able to … Continue reading

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Baltimore Barometer

From The New-York Times October 28, 1861: A SECESSION BAROMETER. – Baltimore is a perfect barometer of the war. If you would see how the National fortunes stand, you have but to note the state of feeling and its manifestations … Continue reading

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D—-d Hessians!

An editorial from the October 26, 1861 edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch: Who are we fighting? –The term “Yankee” ought no longer to be applied to the enemy. Such a term is not just to the fighting men on … Continue reading

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Scary Stuff

Published 150 years ago today in Harper’s Weekly:

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“torch-light procession”; layin’ a keel

In Lieu of Radway’s Ready Relief? Given the Radway Company’s strong Union stance in yesterday’s post I doubt it is sending any of its wondrous elixir to Confederate soldiers. Here’s a story about a substitute in one Rebel camp. From … Continue reading

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Constitution as Marketing Tool for Wonder Drug

Radway & Co. took out a large spot to promote its products. The ad seems kind of modern. Here’s bits of it. From The New-York Times October 23, 1861: A FREE GIFT; TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT THE FEDERAL TROOPS … Continue reading

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Nothing in the Envelope Today

I’m sure whoever posted this letter in Cairo, Illinois about 150 years ago had a lot of interesting information to convey. That’s not the case for me today.

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Bonnie Blue Flag

Modify the Tadeusz Kościuszko Flag The Richmond Daily Dispatch didn’t publish the news about the October 21, 1861 Confederate victory at Ball’s Bluff until the 23rd – a day later than The New-York Times. The following article comes from that … Continue reading

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In the Camp of Cain and Arnold

Correspondent Disguised as Country Clerk Checks Out a Rebel Camp From The New-York Times October 20, 1861: INTERIOR OF THE REBEL CAMP AT COLUMBUS, KENTUCKY. Approaching Columbus, it proved there the same as elsewhere, an easy matter to pass the … Continue reading

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