February 14, 2019 12:00 PM EST Cincinnati
Ends February 25, 2019


10

Civil War Political Broadside Fessenden Pushed to the Wall

Printed broadside, 9 x 13 in. FESSENDEN PUSHED TO THE WALL! Broadside references C. B. H. Fessenden, co-owner of the New Bedford, Massachusetts, paper "The Mercury," and charges that at a Democratic Meeting, on the evening before the last Presidential Election, in the Democratic Head-Quarters, of which meeting he was Chairman, he said:  -- "If Mr. Lincoln is Elected the South will Secede, and I tell you Gentlemen that the South ought to Secede!" 

Fessenden purchased "The Mercury" in July 1861, along with co-owner William G. Baker. Fessenden was a member of the Democratic party until 1861, at which point he became a Republican. Fessenden and Baker were known to be supporters of the Republican administration and the war effort. Their newspaper was an early advocate for arming enslaved negroes and for emancipation, with editorials appearing in their paper such as "We must fight them or free them." Fessenden in particular was considered a friend to the movement advocating that blacks be free to fight, and he is credited with providing assistance to the recruitment efforts of the famed Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment. The undated, unattributed broadside likely was an attempt to raise doubts about Fessenden's true political affiliations at a time when Southern sympathies were highly unpopular. 

Provenance:Property of N. Flayderman & Co.

Condition:

Loss along left, right, and bottom edge lines not affecting text. Dampstains along bottom portion and left side of document. Handwritten math sums penned on back of document some of which show through to front. Creasing on upper right and upper left corners. Slight tears along horizontal fold line on both right and left sides.

Estimate: $100 - $150
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$60
02/14/2019

 

Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us
 

Let Cowan's Handle Your Shipping!

Cowan's is one of the only houses to offer full service, in-house shipping. Please note shipping costs are factored by weight and size, not purchase price. Larger items like furniture may incur a higher shipping charge. Our experts pack and ship over 5,000 purchases each year. Shipping costs are included on every invoice to make getting your items as fast and easy as possible. For more information, click HERE or contact shipping@cowans.com