July 4, 1863. Paperback. Good. Item #21-7778
One page, approximately 17.5 x 10", printed on the back of wallpaper, framed 11.5 x 19", wood, double-sided glass. The newspaper facsimilie has scattered light staining, fold creases, small holes, light soiling else good, frame has scratches, scuffing, wear and missing some of the decorative trim. During the Siege of Vicksburg in 1863 the newspaper ran out of paper to print on. J.M. Swords came up with the idea to cut up wallpaper and print on the back. He had printed six issues up to and including July 2nd, when Vicksburg surrendered on July 4th. Swords fled the city leaving his shop and all type in place. The federal troops took over the newspaper office and printed the last issue but with a substitution. In the last column there was an article entitled "Recent Federal Losses At Vicksburg". It was removed and put in its place was "Note. July 4, 1863" that reads, in part, "Two days bring about great changes.... The 'Citizen' lives to see it. For the last time it appears on 'Wall paper.' ... This is the last wall paper edition, and is, excepting this note, from the types as we found them. It we be valuable hereafter as a curiosity". Early reprint. There are approximately 20 different facsimilies. This is probably issued by G.A.R. Extra postage required. SCARCE.