We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added new papers from two Georgia cities to our archives!
Columbus: Columbus was originally the site of a Creek Indian village and was later established as a trading post and frontier town in 1828. Columbus is the northernmost navigable point on the Chattahoochee River from the Gulf of Mexico. This allowed cotton grown in Columbus to be shipped to ports as far away as Liverpool, England. Textile mills also provided work and growth in the city.
When the Civil War broke out, Columbus was an important city of industry and provided the Confederacy with supplies to bolster the war effort. This collection of papers contains extensive war coverage from a southern perspective, with descriptions of battles and individual casualties. Following the war, women in Columbus set aside an annual day to memorialize the Confederate dead. The north adopted this tradition, which evolved into our modern Memorial Day holiday.
Search this collection for news about this city’s residents, including birth announcements, marriage announcements, and death notices. With its proximity to the Alabama state line, you will also find news about Alabamians in this collection. Papers in this archive include:
- Daily Columbus Enquirer (1855-1873)
- The Weekly Columbus Enquirer-Sun (1878-1896)
- The Sun and Columbus Weekly Enquirer (1874)
- The Weekly Enquirer-Sun (1911)
- The Columbus Ledger (1905-1988)
- Weekly Columbus Enquirer(1832-1872)
- The Saturday Evening Herald (1897-1900)
Macon: Macon was founded in 1823 as an outgrowth of Fort Hawkins, a US Army Fort and Indian Factory for trading and meeting Native Americans. The cotton industry took hold in Macon in 1833, when the first steamboat arrived to transport cotton along the Ocmulgee River.
Macon was located in the heart of the central Georgia cotton belt and was also a depository of Confederate gold during the Civil War. The papers in this collection show residents grappling with the issue of slavery and struggling to run their plantations without enslaved labor following the war. You will also find articles chronicling the long struggle for Civil Rights for Black residents living in Macon.
- The Macon Telegraph (known as The Telegraph since 2005) (1860-2022)
- The Macon News (1901-1983)
- The Weekly Telegraph (1826-1895)
- Daily Journal and Messenger (1865-1868)
- Georgia Journal and Messenger (1823-1869)
- Georgia Weekly Telegraph, Journal and Messenger (1869-1882)
- Macon Daily Herald (1865)
- Macon Daily Journal and Messenger (1866)
Start searching these new Georgia papers today on Newspapers.com™.