The Southern Argus: Obituaries, Death Notices and Implied Deaths June 1869 through June 1874 - Michael Kelsey. The Southern Argus was a product of the turbulent Reconstruction era. During this period many newspapers failed to survive the hardships brought about by the Civil War and the financial retractions of the early 1870’s. The scarcity of Southern newspapers for this interval reflects the importance of the genealogical data abstracted from the Southern Argus. (1996), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 416 pp.