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Original or Reprint? A Guide to Noteworthy Newspaper Issues

Chattanooga Daily Rebel

August 9, 1862

This issue of the Chattanooga Daily Rebel is known to have been reprinted. The Library of Congress has endeavored for many years to locate an original copy, but without success. All libraries consulted have only copies of reprints. The Library of Congress has two different reprints. One is entitled The Daily Rebel and the other The Rebel. They measure 10 1/2 by 17 inches in size, but vary somewhat in the arrangement of the text, although both copies carry the same general news. The Daily Rebel carries the following notice on page 1, column 1: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the Librarian's Office at Washington, D.C., 1891, by LOUIS L. PARHAM, Chattanooga, Tenn."

Source: Information Circular 2 (Revised 1957).

Library Holdings

The Library of Congress does not have an original issue from August 9, 1862, but does have three different reprints from this date. The Library's earliest original print issue of this paper is that of September 10, 1862, volume 1, number 37 (online catalog record). It is entitled The Chattanooga Daily Rebel and was published by Franc. M. Paul. This issue consists of one sheet (two pages) and measures 16 1/2 by 21 7/8 inches in size. This issue is published on rag paper, while the reprints are on a poor grade of wood pulp paper. The value of the reprints is very small.