The Southern Press

The Southern Illustrated News was one of the few publications read throughout the South. It was modeled on

Northern illustrated newspapers such as Harper's Weekly. Once Union forces interrupted Southern mail service, the newspaper's arrival in Confederate homes became irregular.

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The confederate states of america existed for four years. It came into being when officials of the seceded states met to elect a leader in the spring of 1861. It died when Union troops occupied its capital city, Richmond, Virginia, in the spring of 1865. During those years, the people of this rebel nation tried to set up the institutions that citizens of more mature countries enjoyed. They chose a president and a vice president, elected members to a House of Representatives and a Senate, set up a Supreme Court, and appointed representatives to foreign governments. They also printed their own currency, raised a national flag, took the song "Dixie" as their national anthem, and adopted a constitution identical to the United States's document — except that the Confederate constitution contained an amendment guaranteeing the existence of slavery. The Confederacy also had national newspapers and magazines, supported theaters in its big towns, published patriotic poetry, and created its own legends and heroes.

THE CONFEDERACY'S FIRST COUPLE

Jefferson Davis was the only president the Southern nation ever had. This is a copy of one of his official portraits. He was elected to a six-year term. Before taking that office, he was a U.S. senator, a member of President Franklin Pierce's cabinet, and a Mexican War hero. As a young man, he married the daughter of future U.S. President Zachary Taylor. His bride died just months after their wedding. Varina Howell Davis was the First Lady of the Confederate States of America. She was Davis's second wife and mother of their six children. She gave birth to one of those offspring in the Confederate White House in Richmond. Following her

Copy off an official portrait of Varina Davis husband's death in 1889, she moved to New York City and supported herself as a professional writer.

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Cameo bracelet husband's death in 1889, she moved to New York City and supported herself as a professional writer.

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Copy off an official portrait of Varina Davis

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