[N.p., but possibly Williamsport, Pa. Nov. 8, 1863]. Broadside, 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Minor wear and soiling. One small tear in left margin. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM45995
A vivid Civil War broadside showing the immediacy of the news from the front, as well as how garbled or false information was disseminated. The headlines further trumpet: "It is occupied by the 144th Pa. Vols. - The 'Old Flag' that Anderson was compelled to lower, floating on the ruins! - Glorious news from Gens. Meade and Butler! - Contemplated movement on Richmond." Despite resumption of a terrific bombardment of Fort Sumter on Oct. 26, the fort did not fall to Federal forces. Thousands of rounds were dropped on the fort, but it stayed in Confederate hands another sixteen months until evacuated on Feb. 13, 1865. It certainly was not occupied by the 144th Pennsylvania Volunteers, and Major Anderson's "Old Flag" did not fly over the fort until two hours before the death of Abraham Lincoln on April 15, 1865. The whole second column of text concerns events in the Western Theater (Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama), and the progress of the Army of the Potomac in Virginia. "...General Meade was on the march for the city of Richmond, under circumstances which rendered it almost certain that he would capture it. The report of the evacuation of Richmond...is of course all bosh....The details of the great movement now being executed, I am not allowed to telegraph you...the objective point of the combined command is the city of Richmond."