The (Carolina) Rebel (SC, 1863)

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The (Carolina) Rebel (SC, 1863)

Publication History:

Place of Publication: Columbia, SC

Frequency:  Unknown (monthly?)

Volume and Issue Data:  Two extant copies: Vol. 1, No. 1, January 28, 1863; Vol. 1, No. 4, April 23, 1863

Size and Format:  Four pages

Editor/Publisher:  “Liliput”

Title Changes and Continuation:  No. 1 is titled The Rebel; No. 4 is titled The Carolina Rebel (though the first column says, “The Rebel, published at Columbia, So Ca, Whenever the Editor is in the right mood by Liliput, Editor and Proprietor.”

The (Carolina) Rebel (SC, 1863)

General Description and Notes:

Although The Rebel was produced during the middle of the Civil War (No. 4 was written four months after the Emancipation Proclamation and just days before the Southern Army’s victory at Chancellorsville), the editor makes only minimal references to the conflict. Page four of the April issue has a brief report on the war gathered during the editor’s trip to Charleston. Most of the stories deal with domestic matters (teaching children, food prices, first year of marriage, etc.). This suggests that the paper was most likely the editorial work of a young woman.

According to the South Carolina Historical Society catalog, the Rebel is a “Handwritten newspaper (4 p.). ‘Vol. 1, No.1, published at Columbia, So. Ca., whenever the Editor is in the right mood.’ Includes humorous articles, letters to the editor, articles concerning Confederate officers and officials, and advertisements for ‘T.H. Egan, Portrait Painter’ and others.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Short article in The South Carolina Historical Magazine (1963), page unknown; “The Rebel: A Handwritten 1863 Columbia Newspaper,” Carologue: A Publication of the South Carolina Historical Society, 9:1 (Spring 1993 ), pp. 14-18.

Locations:  Both extant copies are held by the South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, SC: Vol. 1, No. 1, is part of the manuscript collection donated by P.W. Gruenwald: The Rebel, 1863 Jan. 28. (43/435) ; No. 4 is in the Balzano Collection.


Rattlesnake Blizzard (OR, 1885)

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Rattlesnake Blizzard (OR, 1885)

Publication History:

Place of Publication: Pleasant Hill, Oregon

Frequency:  One issue

Volume and Issue Data: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1885

Size and Format:  Ledger sheets, 13 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  Anonymous (Pleasant Hill Literary Society?)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Succeeded by the Pleasant Hill Popgun (See Pleasant Hill Popgun)

General Description and Notes:

A handwritten newspaper on old ledger sheets, Dec. 30, 1885; succeeded by the Pleasant Hill Popgun, Dec. 13, 1901, in the same ledger.  Edited anonymously.  Contains brief news items, jokes and anecdotes.

The opening story-editorial states:

 “From the ranks of this society your humble servants have been given the unpleasant and difficult task of editing this paper which we shall call the Rattlesnake Blizzard.

“As this office was forced upon the editors and items are hard to get, and when obtained it takes all the constructive power, and a little more than the writer has, to put them together, the members need not be astonished at the end of this term to see two shattered invalids, or raving maniacs roaming about the country in wild despair [sic], seeking lost health and long forgotten happiness.  Of course those whose sterling worth, honesty, mental and other qualities exceeds those of others are called upon to fill the honorable, now paying position of editors . . . .”

The paper contains sections labeled “Conundrums,” “Stuff & Nonsense,” and “Advertisements.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Martin SchmidtCatalogues and Manuscripts, University of Oregon Library,  Special Collections, Vol. I, 1971, item 888.

Locations:  Special Collections, Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Rapidann (VA, 1864)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Somewhere in Virginia

Frequency: One known extant copy

Volume and Issue Data:  January 1, 1864

Size and Format:  1 sheet

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Handwritten newspaper (1 sheet) created by a Confederate soldier (probably from South Carolina) serving in Virginia. Newspaper contains articles about army life, Virginia, furloughs, and other topics as well as jokes, poems, and illustrations (from SC Hist Soc catalog)

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:   Teague, Benjamin H. (Benjamin Hammet), 1846-1921. B.H. Teague family and collected papers, 1770-1899, Manuscript, 1105.07.09, South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, SC

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