Document Type

Personal Paper

Publication Date

Spring 3-17-2015


Harpers Weekly was the most widely read newspaper of the Civil War period. It featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays, and humor, populated with numerous maps and illustrations. The year 1865 saw the surrender of Robert E. Lee's Army, the end of the Civil War, the assassination of Pres. Abraham Lincoln, the hunt for, trials, and execution of the assassination conspirators,and the sinking of the ship "Sultana" which caused the deaths of 1,700 Union soldiers. It also saw the trial and execution of Capt. William Wirz for Andersonville atrocities, the major fire in Philadelphia, and many other news worthy events. This document presents the images and covers from Harpers that outlines these important events in America's history.

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