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Spelman, John (1821-1899) Weekly state journal. [Vol. 5, no. 52 (November 5, 1862)]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05959.25.04 Author/Creator: Spelman, John (1821-1899) Place Written: Raleigh, North Carolina Type: Newspaper Date: 5 November 1862 Pagination: 4 p. ; 63 x 46 cm.

Summary of Content: Stuart's Expedition Into Maryland & Pennsylvania, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation Denounced in Brooklyn, Morgan's Last Raid Into Lexington. An editorial examines the duty of the states in terms of providing a certain number of troops and caring for soldiers' families. A letter to the editor discusses the value of the South and how the North has taken advantage of Southern resources. An ad gives physical descriptions of deserting soldiers. A list of the killed and wounded is printed.

Background Information: The Weekly State Journal was edited by John Spelman, who was also the paper's proprietor. The paper ran from 28 November 1860 to February 1864, and then from November 1879 through 25 June 1884. There was ...also a semi-weekly edition.

Spelman was named the Printer to the State in 1860 through 1862 and authorized publisher of the laws of the Confederacy. He previously edited the Salisbury Banner. This paper was later titled the Democratic Press, also a weekly paper.
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People: Spelman, John, 1821-1899

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaSlaveryAfrican American HistoryGuerrilla WarfareBattlePresidentEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsConfederate General or LeaderGovernment and CivicsDeathInjury or Wound

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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