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[CIVIL WAR; GRANT, ULYSSES S.]
Grant's Petersburg Progress
Petersburg, VA: Eden & McCreery, 1865. First edition. EXTREMELY RARE FIRST ISSUE OF "GRANT'S PETERSBURG PROGRESS" PRINTED BY UNION SOLDIERS ON A CONFEDERATE PRESS THE DAY PETERSBURG AND RICHMOND WERE SEIZED, SIX DAYS BEFORE LEE'S SURRENDER. "When, on that famous Monday, the third of April, 1865, the advance line of attack on Petersburg found the city evacuated by the Confederate troops, almost the first Federal soldiers to enter her doors took possession of the office of the Express and, before the day was over, from its presses there issued number one, volume one, of Grant's Petersburg Progress. It was a single sheet, twelve by twenty inches in size, printed on one side of the paper. Its cry was 'We are here!' Major Eden, 37th Wisconsin Volunteers, was editor, assisted by Captain Charles H. McCreery, 8th Michigan Veteran Volunteers and Chaplain D. Heagle. They proposed 'to publish a live paper as ling as circumstances will permit; that is, as long as we can steal the paper and get men detailed to set the type.' Ten cents was the price. 'We are not particular as to the medium of exchange; and will take Hardtack, Greenbacks, Cigars, postage stamps and in fact most any available currency, Confederate Bonds and Contrabands always excepted.'" (Nellie P. Dunn, "General Lee in Grant's Petersburg Progress", South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 12). This first issue, from the day of the fall of Petersburg, was followed by only four other issues (April 5, 7, 10). The paper is full of joy and wit, providing a wonderful window into the mood of the soldiers now that the end of the war was ne … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Manhattan Rare Book Company [USA]

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