About Southern marksman. (Clinton, Miss.) 1838-1839
Clinton, Miss. (1838-1839)
- Southern marksman. : (Clinton, Miss.) 1838-1839
- Place of publication:
- Clinton, Miss.
- Geographic coverage:
- G.D. Gere
- Dates of publication:
- -v. 1, no. 14 (Feb. 27, 1839).
- Began in 1838.
- Clinton (Miss.)--Newspapers.
- Also issued on microfilm from UMI.
- Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
- Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 3 (Dec. 4, 1838).
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Originally named Mount Salus and known as a health resort for its spring waters, Clinton, Mississippi, was established in 1823 and narrowly missed being selected as the seat of Hinds County and the state capitol in 1829. During the 1830s Clinton was more prosperous than Jackson, the seat of Mississippi state government 10 miles east.
An early, but short-lived, four-page, weekly in Clinton was the Southern Marksman (1838-39). The newspaper's prospectus declared ". . . our principles are purely democratic . . ." and it firmly opposed a national bank and strong Federal government. Owned and published by G.D. Gere and edited by C. P. McDaniel, the first issue of the paper appeared November 1838. By February 1839, Gere had left the enterprise and McDaniel was editor and proprietor; about this time the day of issue changed from Tuesday to Wednesday. Evidently, McDaniel did not last long as the newspaper's proprietor, for no known issues of the Marksman exist after February 27, 1839.
Content in the Southern Marksman was devoted to education, literature, science, agriculture, and other subjects. The paper carried news on current national events and gave insight into local concerns. Nearly every issue discussed some aspect of the late 1830s banking crisis. For example, a reprint in the December 11, 1838 issue carried the proceedings of a bank convention in Vicksburg discussing when state banks should resume specie payments; shortly thereafter, several banks published notices announcing resumption of payment in coin. Democratic President Martin Van Buren's 1838 address, in the December 18 and 25 issues, elicited the following editorial comment: "We see nothing in the message that should be condemned by the Democrats or that should be rudely assailed by the Whigs." Regional news included coverage of an 1838 duel in Vicksburg involving lawyer, editor, and poet, Alexander Keith McClung (1809-55) and John Menifee; reports on cotton and sugar crops; and announcements of Democratic meetings and conventions. General interest stories, poetry, prospectuses of other newspapers and local advertisements were also found in the Marksman.
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