THE NEW YORK HERALD, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1861: "THE REBELLION. CONFIRMATION OF THE REPORTED DEATH OF JEFFERSON DAVIS. THE FLAGS OF THE REBELS FLYING AT HALF-STAFF./ INTENSE EXCITEMENT AT WASHINGTON./ A GENERAL ENGAGEMENT OF THE HOSTILE ARMIES EXPECTED./ A GREAT BATTLE PROBABLY TO-DAY./ THE UNION ARMY PREPARED FOR THE CONFLICT."

New York: 1861. Elephant folio, 15-3/4" x 22". 8pp. Caption title [as issued], printed in six columns. Disbound, light wear and several short closed tears at outer margins, Very Good.

A Civil War example of wishful thinking: "Your correspondent has this moment - half-past five o'clock P.M. - received a special despatch, from a reliable source, dated Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 5, couched in the following language, which confirms the announcement of the death of Jeff. Davis, first made in this correspondence on Tuesday last:- 'Positive advices received here this morning on Davis' death.' A special messenger from Fortress Monroe, who arrived here to-day, announces that flags have been flying at half-mast along the rebel lines for several days, and information was received at the fortress that it was in consequence of the death of Jeff Davis."
A source from Richmond stated that Davis had a serious illness and "little hope was entertained of his recovery." This is then followed by a biographical sketch of the provisional Vice President Alexander H. Stephens under the heading, "THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY." Much other war news is printed. Other information in this issue includes a lengthy article on the Proceedings of the New York Democratic National Convention. Item #36009

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