The civil war was nearing an end, the south was struggling for supplies, and the northern army was told to take the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The south had a printing press, but was running out of paper. J.M Swords felt that it was necessary to give a public bashing to the north, in support of his beloved confederacy. So he prepared the print for the 1863 edition of The Vicksburg Daily Citizen, on the only paper he had left, wallpaper.
This paper is so famous that it has been reprinted thousands of times, and originals are extremely rare. So rare, in fact, that the Library of Congress has adopted special criteria for this paper to be authenticated. This paper, seen here, is an original. It is another stroke of luck found in an old box of newspapers given to me.
What makes this paper so amazing is that the south never printed the paper, the north invaded and took the area, added a very famous “note” to the bottom of the paper, bashing the south, then the north printed it.
So on this President’s Day, enjoy viewing this rare antiquity.