The Liberator - July 15, 1864
THE LIBERATOR, Boston, July 15, 1864 This is the famous anti-slavery newspaper by William Lloyd Garrison, featuring a terrific masthead with 3 vignettes including a slave auction and slaves being emancipated. But certainly the most significant item is an inconspicuous report at the top of page 3: "Gen. Lee's Land" which essentially announces the creation of what we now know as Arlington National Cemetery. Bits include: "A happy thought has occurred to the Secretary of War, which it gives us pleasure to record. First. He ordered Col. Greene to organize the Freedman's Village for the protection of the black man & his family upon the Arlington estate...That village is a success. Secondly. He has himself recently selected a site, upon the same estate, for a national cemetery for the burial of loyal soldiers who die in Virginia from wounds inflicted by Lee's orders. Gen. Meigs has been directed to supervise the laying out of the grounds. How appropriate that Lee's lands should be dedicated to two such noble purposes--the free living black man whom Lee would enslave, & the bodies of the dead soldiers whom Lee has killed in a wicked cause...". An extremely historic report. While this account was likely considered of little consequence at the time, it has certainly grown in national significance since 1864. And great to have this report in this famous anti-slavery newspaper. Among other articles are: "Radical Ingratitude" "Copperheads" "The Position of the Fremonters" and so much more including reports on the Civil War. Four pages, very nice, clean condition. Dbd.