During the winter, I have the opportunity to research a few things that the Historical Museum has on display. I was fooled recently. It is a good fake but a fake non the less.
One of the Board Members wrote a grant for the framing of some old photographs and an old document. I took the items into a local business to have them done up proper.
They were a sight. Some wanted to roll up and had to be weighed down..they needed frames and hangers. The document was covered by a sheet of glass that was broken and was taped together…someone was going to cut their fingers..possibly me.
I invited the Board members to see the finished project before I took them back over to the Museum.
Ready for the fake?
This is it. The Vicksburg Daily Citizen dated July 4 1863. I always found the document which was the Wallpaper Edition very interesting. They used wallpaper because newsprint was in short supply. I did not see an evidence of wallpaper..I was curious.
I found out that reprints were made to commemorate the death of General Grant in 1885 and by the G.A.R. in 1920. I cannot say for certain which time our “fake” is from. It is most certainly a fake, the original newspaper has a list of many distinctive characteristics that help to differentiate it from its many reprints.
I felt badly for a little while after my discovery. I felt badly that I had it reframed and wasted 60 dollars. Then I thought..how many school children would have access to an original? Even as a “fake” it highlights the last days of the siege of Vicksburg.
General Grant has “caught the rabbit” and dined in Vicksburg. He gained control of the Mississippi River and it was held for the Union throughout the rest of the Civil War. On a side note Vicksburg Mississippi did not celebrate the 4th of July until eighty years later, the siege and surrender must have really bothered them.
I am working on a living history presentation that will be held on the Courthouse lawn next July..I have found some Civil War re-enactors that will be joining us for a Civil War Sunday. It will require lots of work and organization..I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it will be a success:)