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The Richmond Daily Dispatch was one of five daily newspapers serving the Capital of the Confederacy from before the start of the Civil War until April 1st 1865. Published Monday through Saturday, this paper is significant for the information it endeavored to make available to the public (with War News mostly appearing on pages 1, 2 and 3 of the 4-page newspaper.) Of note:

  • News from the Western Theatre usually appeared two or three days after the event occurred;
  • Newspapers "from the North" were scrutinized, and their "news-worthy stories" repeated in the Daily Dispatch (with sources credited)
  • Southern newspapers were scrutinized for their "stories of interest" and repeated in the Daily Dispatch (with sources credited).

And the best news:   the Richmond Daily Dispatch is available online (for free) at chroniclingamerica.loc.gov



http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/1862-02-11/ed-1/seq-1/   Fort Henry result on pages 2 and 3

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/1862-02-14/ed-1/seq-3/   Fighting at Fort Donelson commenced, page 3

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024738/issues/1862/   Every issue published in 1862: click on calendar date.



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