On this date 150 years ago, Columbians were reading news of the military buildup across the North and the South during the first months of the Civil War.
An 1861 edition of the “Southern Republic–Extra” newspaper reveals the activities of both the military and the divided governments in various cities including Annapolis, Washington D.C., Raleigh, St. Louis, New York, Fort Kearny, and more.
It also calls for citizens to make subscriptions to the Confederate Loan as an act of patriotism.
It reads: “There are some who have grown rich in this sunny clime, who are abundantly able to loan (not give) our Government means in this trying emergency, who has, as yet, not contributed one dollar- If they have no patriotism, and have no wish in their hearts to see our glorious country prosper, they will, of course, retain within their grasp the almighty dollar. But, we say to those, that should they, (when prosperity, peace and happiness once more reigns over our glorious Confederacy, as it most assuredly will,) be forgotten and cast aside for those who have shown their patriotism, they will blame only themselves and that selfishness of heart which caused them to hold within their bosoms the love of gold, instead of a love for the freedom and prosperity of our Southern Confederacy.”
This is the only known copy of a Columbus, MS newspaper from the Civil War housed at the Billups-Garth Archives.
The “Southern Republic–Extra” can be found in the Lowndes County Newspaper Collection (MS 387).