Part I: A Newspaper Perspective

The Charleston MercuryA Newspaper Perspective contains major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York HeraldThe Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.

Coverage begins with the events preceding the outbreak of war at Fort Sumter, continues through the surrender at Appomattox and concludes with the assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln.

Included are descriptive news articles, eye-witness accounts and official reports of battles and events, editorials, advertisements and biographies. A major effort has been made to include articles describing other than military concerns including travel, arts and leisure, geographical descriptions, sports and sporting, and social events.

Since all major events are described in detail by both Union and Confederate newspapers, opposing perspectives are readily available for comparative evaluations.

Sample Entry

CITY INTELLIGENCE.

A ROLLING MILL IN RICHMOND . – One of the greatest present needs of the Confederacy is a Rolling Mill for making sheet iron and copper, boiler plates, &c. &c. Bars and rods we can make, but not a joint of stove pipe even can be rolled South of the Potomac. The latter article has gone up from 10 cents to 75 cents a pound.

The best Rolling Mill on the continent, is at the Washington Navy Yard, and most providentially, a gentleman has just turned up, who has accurate drawings of this machinery, down to the minutest details. He is a graduate of one of the first Polytechnic Schools of Europe, and being struck with the perfection of this machinery over any he had seen in Europe or America, he (being Assistant Engineer at the Navy Yard at the time,) employed his leisure hours in making these drawings. They are beautiful indeed; it would take months to get similar ones up here, even with the machinery to copy from. How fortunate does it seem then that we have them here already made, so that 50 men or more might be at once put to work to build the house and make the machinery.

We hear that the subject is attracting the attention of prominent members of Congress and the War Department, and we hope soon to hear that the building of the mill and the making of the machinery has actually begun.

Source

Collection: The Civil War
Publication: Richmond Enquirer
Date: December 6, 1861
Title: CITY INTELLIGENCE