Confiscation of Anglo-Rebel Cotton


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, May 2, 1863

This site features all the Harper's Weekly newspapers published during the Civil War. These newspapers are full of incredible illustrations and news reports on the War, created within hours of the events depicted.

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Working Cotton

Slaves Working Cotton

Ironclad Warfare

Ironclad Warfare

Shooting of Kimball

Shooting of Colonel Kimball


Suffolk, Virginia

Keokuk Sinking

Sinking of the "Keokuk"

Army Review

Review of the Army of the Potomac

Confiscation of Cotton

Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle Cartoon

Lincln on a Horse

Abraham Lincoln on Horseback

Defenses Around Charleston

Charleston Defenses

Attack on Fort Sumter

Attack of Fort Sumter

President Lincoln Reviews Troops

President Lincoln Reviews the Army of the Potomac




[MAY 2, 1863.



THE design on page 273, from a sketch by Mr. Theodore R. Davis, illustrates the SEIZURE AND HANDLING OF COTTON IN THE SOUTHWEST. With the sketch Mr. Davis sends us the following letter:


Monday Night, March 30, 1863.

"General T. E. G. Ransom, one of the youngest Brigadiers in the army, and an excellent and a gallant officer, who has been severely wounded several times, having learned some weeks ago that a large amount of cotton, pledged to the British Government at seven cents per pound, by the soidisant Confederacy, was hidden near the American Bend, determined to make an effort to rescue it, and at once set about forming an expedition for the purpose.

"Rapid as were the General's movements, he did not succeed in reaching the place before more than half of the staple was burned by the guerrillas; but the remainder, something over three thousand bales, he has secured to our Government, and has been engaged for some days past in hauling it in, and putting it on board of the transports, as is seen in the sketch.

"The cotton was marked "C. S. A.," and with the rebel and British flags, as is shown in the upper centre of the picture. The left corner represents a huge pile of the staple covered at the top with boards, to protect it from the inclemency of the weather. The right corner reveals the negroes hauling the "fleecy monarch" from the swamps and cane-brakes where it was concealed; and the main sketch exposes the shipping of the floculent fibre on board the David Tatum and other steamers lying at the shore.

"The poor contrabands toiled most energetically to bring in the cotton, and were very instrumental in discovering it, hoping by their fidelity and labor to obtain their freedom, for which they manifest a most ardent longing.

"Alas for their vain hopes! After all the service they had rendered they were not allowed to go aboard of the boats, General Grant having issued a special order prohibiting their removal, because no provision has been made for them at Young's Point.

"The disappointment and distress of the negroes were painfully apparent when they made this unwelcome discovery, and as they stood in crowds—men, women, and children—along the levee, with sorrow-stamped faces, their grief was pitiful to witness—all the more so because they did not murmur or complain.

"Seneca was right: Small griefs are loud; great woes are dumb.   D."


THE view of SUFFOLK, Virginia, which we publish on page 276, possesses some interest just now in consequence of the attack of the rebels under Longstreet. The place has been fortified, and is held by a considerable force of Union troops under General Peck, who, it is said, feels satisfied of his ability to maintain himself. Suffolk is a small, filthy town of great antiquity, small population, little trade, and a great deal of Virginia dirt and Virginia pride.


WE publish on page 284 two illustrations of CHARLESTON, from sketches made for a London paper by Mr. Vizetelly, who is now in Secessia. Mr. Vizetelly has a high opinion of the strength of the various defensive works which protect Charleston harbor, and considers Forts Johnson and Moultrie almost impregnable. The open battery, without casemates or adequate traverses, does not, however, impress one with any great idea of power; and we doubt not, when our iron-clads renew the attack, but they will find Fort Sumter and the other works pervious to iron argument.


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RECREATIONS FOR THE CABINET ORGAN, HARMONIUM, OR MELODEON; consisting of Selections of the most Popular Themes, from AUBER, BEETHOVEN, BELLINI, DONIZETTI, HANDEL, MOZART, ROSSINI, SPOHR, VERDI, and others. To be published in a series of six numbers, of sixteen pages each, with cover. The first number will appear Saturday, May 2d, and succeeding numbers every other Saturday thereafter. Price 30 cents per number, or $1.50 for the series, on receipt of which they will be sent to any address, post-paid.


SCHOOL FOR THE MELODEON, HARMONIUM, AND CABINET ORGAN; containing Progressive Lessons, Studies, and Scales; Songs, Duets, Trios, and Quartets; Voluntaries, Interludes, and Recreative Pieces; for the Parlor and Choir; carefully prepared with reference to the advancement of Learners, both in technical ability and taste, as well as the true development of the powers and beauties of these instruments. By GEORGE F. ROOT. Price $2.00, will be ready May 4th. Published by MASON BROTHERS, Nos. 5 and 7 Mercer Street, New York. BOSTON: MASON & HAMLIN.

Fine Ivory Sleeve and Bosom Studs.

French (Soltaire) Patterns.

Sleeve and Bosom Studs made of the finest Ivory, brought to a high polish, of all colors, and engraved with Initial Letter, Old English, &c. Monograms to order. Free by mail on receipt of price. Sets, $1.50. Trade supplied.

JOHN F. PHELPS, 429 Broadway, N. Y.


Although the sixteenth volume has been finished for some weeks, yet owing to the much greater demand for the complete work than we anticipated, we are unable, even with the large facilities of our presses and bindery, to supply orders as received. All those who desire the work should send in their names to our authorized agents, or to us direct, where they will be supplied according to date of reception.

The Completion of the

American Cyclopaedia.

Nos. 443 & 445 Broadway,

Publish this Day


Being the concluding volume of the

American Cyclopaedia.

A Popular Dictionary

Of General Knowledge,

Edited by

George Ripley and Charles A Dana,

Aided by a


Price of the Work.

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In Library Leather, per vol   4.00

In Half-Turkey Morocco, black, per vol   4.50

In Half-Russia, extra gilt, per vol   5.00

In Full Morocco, antique, gilt edges, per vol   6.00

In Full Russia, per vol   6.00
The price of the work will, for the present, remain as above; but if there shall be any great advance in paper and material the price must be increased. To prevent disappointment, orders should be at once forwarded to the publishers, or to egoists of the work in different parts of the country.

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Cyclopaedia Bookcases,

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Portable Coal Oil Gas Stoves


Heating and Cooking Purposes.

Dopp's Patent.

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Roemer on Cavalry. CAVALRY; ITS HISTORY, MANAGEMENT, AND USES IN WAR. By J. Roemer, LL.D., late an Officer of Cavalry in the service of the Netherlands. Elegantly illustrated with 127 fine wood engravings. In one large octavo volume, beautifully printed on tinted paper. Price, $5. Copies sent by Mail on receipt of price. This day published, by D. VAN NOSTRAND, No. 192 Broadway, New York. IN PRESS, and nearly ready, a new and revised edition of GIBBONS'S ARTILLERIST'S MANUAL. 1 vol., octavo.

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Manufacturers of Cabinet Organs, Harmoniums, and Melodeons, take pleasure in referring to the musical profession generally as to the superiority of their instruments, which they claim to be unsurpassed by any in the world. They have had the honor of receiving the only Gold Medal ever awarded to such instruments in this country, and though constantly exhibiting their instruments, have not, even in a single instance, failed to carry off the first prize. M. & H. respectfully invite attention to their new Cabinet Organs, which are winning golden opinions from the highest sources. Among the distinguished organists who pronounce these the best instruments of their class in the world are Morgan, of Grace Church; Zundel, of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's Church; Wels, of Christ Church; Magrath, of Dr. Pise's Church; Mosenthal, of Calvary Church; Berg, of Zion Church; William Mason, and many others. Prices of Organs, with one and two stops, $70 to $150; with six to twelve stops, $225 to $500 each. Warerooms, Nos. 5 and 7 Mercer Street, New York. Address MASON BROTHERS.

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Have the pleasure of announcing to their numerous Friends and Patrons in the Army, that they are prepared to fill orders and transmit parcels BY MAIL with the utmost care and promptitude. Watches so forwarded are registered; we take upon ourselves all risks of transportation, and guarantee a safe delivery. Improved Solid Sterling Silver Im. ENGLISH LEVERS, in good running order, and warranted accurate timepieces. This is an entire new pattern, made expressly for American Army and Navy sale. They are manufactured in a very handsome manner, with English crown mark, certifying their genuineness; all in all, they are a most desirable Watch. Frank Leslie's Illustrated News of Feb. 21st, '63, says: —"HUBBARD'S TIMEKEEPERS are becoming proverbial for their reliability and accuracy. They are particularly valuable for officers in the army and travelers." The price is SEVENTY-TWO DOLLARS ($72) per case of six, being about one-third the cost of ordinary English Levers, while they will readily retail for a larger price. Postage, per case, $1.84. RAILWAY TIMEKEEPERS, for Army Speculation.—The Army and Navy Gazette, of Philadelphia, in its February Number, says:—"This importation of the HUBBARD BROS., of New York, fills a long-felt want being a handsome and serviceable Watch at an extremely low figure." Superior in style and finish! Decidedly the most taking novelties out! Should retail at prices from $20 to $50 each. Good incitation of both gold and silver, with fancy colored hands and beautiful dials, with superior regulated movement. Sold only by the ease of six of assorted designs. Engraved and superior eleotro-plated with gold and silver, per case of six, FORTY-EIGHT DOLLARS ($48). By mail, postage, $1.65 per case. MAGIC TIME OBSERVERS, the Perfection of Mechanism! —BEING A HUNTING AND OPEN FACE, OR LADY'S OR GENTLEMEN'S WATCH COMBINED, WITH PATENT SELF-WINDING IMPROVEMENT.—The New York Illustrated News, the leading pictorial paper of the United States, in its issue of Jan. 10th, 1863, on page 141, voluntarily says: "We have been shown a most pleasing novelty, of which the HUBBARD BROS., of New York, are the sole importers. It is called the MAGIC TIME OBSERVER, and is a Hunting and Open Face Watch combined. One of the prettiest, most convenient, and decidedly the best and cheapest timepiece for general and reliable use ever offered. It has within it and connected with its machinery, its own winding attachment, rendering a key entirely unnecessary. The cases of this Watch are composed of two metals, the outer one being fine 16 carat gold. It has the improved ruby action lever movement, and is warranted an accurate timepiece." Price superbly engraved, per case of half dozen, $204.00. Sample Watches, in neat morocco boxes, for those proposing to buy at wholesale, $35. If sent by mail the postage is 36 cents. Retails at $100 and upwards.

We have no agents or circulars. Buyers must deal with us direct, ordering from this advertisement. TERMS, CASH IN ADVANCE. Remittances may be made in United States money, or draft payable to our order in this city. If you wish goods sent by mail, enclose the amount of the postage with your order. Write your address in full. REGISTERED LETTERS ONLY AT OUR RISK. Address HUBBARD BROS., Importers, North cor. John and Nassau Streets, New York.

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