DescriptionEarly Replica "Wallpaper" July 2, 1863 Vicksburg Newspaper. You have read about the printing of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen on wallpaper during the siege of Vicksburg. Now is your chance to own a piece of this Civil War history. This one sheaf newspaper, with wallpaper on one side, has news of the siege, Lee's army, other news gleaned from Yankee newspapers, etc. Then in the lower right-hand corner, we see a July 4, 1863 dated paragraph that states Vicksburg has fallen to Grant, there will be "no more luxury of mule meat and fricaseed kitten," and this is the last "wallpaper" edition, and "it will be valuable hereafter as a curiosity." Originals indeed are very valuable. The piece we offer, however, is an early replica, printed apparently about 1890. On the top of the back, appears the penned words "Original--W. B. Brown." While no documentation has ever been located, it has long been accepted that Mr. Brown was one of Lincoln's coachmen during the war. After the war, and up through his demise around the turn of the century, the famous forger by the name of Harry Sickles employed Mr. Brown to "authenticate" all sorts of Lincoln and Civil War memorabilia. As the very likely accurate story goes, Mr. Sickles created the items and paid Mr. Brown 25¢ per piece for his authentication. The paper we offer is an exact replica of the final Daily Citizen wallpaper issue. This Sickles/Brown forgery is collectible in its own right and could easily fetch in the $300-$500 range.
Our thanks to New York City Lincoln expert Jonathan Mann for his assistance on the history of this lot.
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