Combahee River Raid Harriet Tubman slavery 1863 Harper's Civil War newspaperBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization.
(Old Periodicals, 19th Century Newspapers, Americana, Harper's Weekly, Civil War, Illustrated Newspapers, Harriet Tubman, Combahee River Raid, Rebel Spies).
Issued July 4th, 1863, New York, by Harper & Brothers.
An actual piece of American history issued during the Civil War. Filled with commentary and wood engraved images relating to that war and issued contemporary to the events.
Original mid-19th century weekly newspaper. An actual, complete newspaper published at the date listed, not a modern re-issue.
During this period, this journal was a major, influential national publication which employed many of the top artists of the era.
Paper uniformly age toned as typical, some pages loose. Issue was once bound up in a volume and is now free-standing and complete unto itself as originally issued.
Nice looking, clean, well preserved example, pages loosened, any age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Text on reverse of each page as always, images and maps from Harper's like this are often offered separately for display.
Newspaper measures c. 16" H x 11" W.
Periodical will be shipped gently rolled in a sturdy 3" wide tube to ensure it arrives safely to you! Multiple issues purchased at the same time will be shipped flat.
Half of the front page is taken up with a somber print: "Execution, by Hanging, of Two Rebel Spies, Williams and Peters, In the Army of the Cumberland" with text as well.
The best print in this issue is the half page: "Raid of Second South Carolina Volunteers (Col. Montgomery) Among the Rice Plantations on the Combahee, S.C." Although she is not mentioned by name, this was the work of the remarkable Harriet Tubman.
Known as the Combahee River Raid, Harriet Tubman, who had escaped from slavery in 1849 and guided many others to freedom, was working for the Union Army as a spy. The Union ships transported more than 750 slaves freed by the raid, many of whom joined the Union Army.
Among several Union infantry regiments composed of former slaves, the 2nd South Carolina Infantry was led by Harriet Tubman. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War. There is a related article with details.
Other prints within include two full pages on: "Our Works Before Vicksburg--Battery Powell--Battery Hickenlooper"; a double page centerfold: "Charge of General Buford's Cavalry Upon the Enemy Near Beverley Ford, on the Rappahannock"; a half page: "Battle of Milliken's Bend" shows Negroes in battle; and a half page: "Army Beef Swimming the Occoquan River, Virginia".
There are three illustrations which accompany an article: "A typical Negro", the prints captioned: "Gordon as He Entered Our Lines" "Gordon Under Medical Inspection" showing the scars on his back; and "Gordon in His Uniform as a U.S. Soldier".
The back page has a political cartoon.