Civil War-Era Broadside from Kentucky Promoting Sale of Enslaved African Americans, February 1864

Printed broadside, 8 x 9.625 in. Negroes for Sale. Elizabethtown, KY: February 9, 1864. Signed in type by T.H. Gunter, Master Com'r. Hardin Circuit Court. Advertises the upcoming sale of "four likely Negroes," a woman and her three young children, at the courthouse in Elizabethtown.

Slave-holding border states, including Kentucky, were largely unaffected by the Emancipation Proclamation, enacted by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. It applied only to states that had formally seceded from the Union and excluded border states out of fear of sending them into subsequent rebellion.


Some scattered foxing. Light vertical fold lines, with minor separation at few folds. Remnants of adhesive along edge lines. Possibly trimmed along edges previously. 

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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