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Gilbert, Thomas (fl. 1861-1864) Daily sun.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05959.03 Author/Creator: Gilbert, Thomas (fl. 1861-1864) Place Written: Columbus, Georgia Type: Newspaper Date: 11 July 1861, 13 November 1861, 29 March 1864 Pagination: 4 issues : 4 p. ; 50 x 34.7 cm.

Summary of Content: The first three issues have four pages and the last one has two pages. Each issue has at least one column of "Telegraphic" war dispatches. The back page (except the last two-page issue) always contains the Georgia State Constitution. The 29 March 1864 issue contains fugitive slave ads. (1861/7/11, 1861/7/4, 1861/11/13, and 1864/3/29)

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The town Columbus was founded in 1828 at the end of the navigable portion of the Chattahoochee River on the Georgia-Alabama ...border. The river connected plantations in the region with the international cotton market in New Orleans and ultimately Liverpool, England. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Columbus became a major industrial center in the South, also home to an ironworks and a shipyard for the Confederate Navy.

The Daily Sun ran from 30 July 1855 through 31 December 1873, with a period of suspension from 17 April through 1 August 1865. At the time of this collection, the paper was edited by DeWolf, R.J. Yarington, and Thomas Gilbert, and printed by Thos. Gilbert & Co. In 1874 the paper united with the Columbus Enquirer.
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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaState ConstitutionFugitive Slave ActRunaway SlaveAfrican American HistorySlavery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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