"During the Civil War, Philadelphia had one newspaper devoted entirely to news of the war. It was called Forney's War Press, established by a Lancaster native named John Forney. Born in 1817, Forney began his publishing career as a printing office apprentice at the Lancaster Journal. He later took over as the paper's owner and editor. During his time in Lancaster, Forney became friends with James Buchanan, future president of the United States, and Buchanan helped Forney get a job as a surveyor of the port of Philadelphia in the 1840s. Between the 1840s and the early 1860s, Forney moved between Philadelphia and Washington, D. C., worked for several different newspapers, and became clerk of the House of Representatives. Also during this time, Forney shifted his political affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
Under President Abraham Lincoln, Forney served as secretary of the U. S. Senate. Before he moved back to Washington, Forney established a newspaper in Philadelphia called the Press (sometimes called the Weekly Press). During the Civil War, this newspaper became known as Forney's War Press, and it included engravings, news from war correspondents, casualty reports, poetry, wit, and humor related to the Civil War. After the war was over, the paper returned to its original name and Forney remained at its head until the 1870s when he sold the paper. It continued to be published until around 1880." By: Cary Hutton, Blogger - Historical Society of Pennsylvania 10/6/2012
These 2 civil war publications are wonderful. Great original issues! Any collector would love to add these to a reference library. They will make impressive display pieces for a home or office.
These two issues are complete and have not been opened; they remain uncut and are as folded from the printer in 1862.
The overall condition is above-average for the age. Some seam tears and chipping, some foxing. The issues being offered are April 5 and April 12, 1862. Vol.1, NO.21 and Vol 1, NO. 22.
Size: 16" L x 23 ½" H.
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