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The first newspaper published in Charleston, Missouri was the Charleston Courier (est. 1857), “an independent journal devoted to the interests of the people of south-east Missouri.” It was one of the few southeast Missouri papers that continued to be published during the Civil War, although its run was interrupted several times. In the July 18, 1862 issue, editor George Whitcomb writes that the “paper was suspended last winter, in consequence of the occupation of this place by Government troops. The office was broken into and much of the type and material destroyed or carried away. We have had it put in as good shape as possible and our former printer, W.F. Martin, has now charge of the office [and] will furnish anything that may be wanting in the printing line.”

 

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