Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Melt the Bells”

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch April 1, 1862: To the patriotic — the value of Church Bells. The Ordnance Bureau of the Confederate States the use of such bells as can be spared during the war, for the purpose of … Continue reading

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Turning Over in His Grave?

Disunion was off the table for the Great Compromiser 150 years ago this week The New-York Times was speculating on Union operations on the lower Mississippi. In a long article that quotes heavily from the Richmond Daily Dispatch the editors … Continue reading

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Peninsula Prelude

As Union General McClellan ships his huge Army of the Potomac to Virginia Peninsula a couple sketchy reports are published by the Richmond press that seen to indicate things are heating up around Yorktown. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March … Continue reading

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Working on the Railroad

Adviser Lee’s First General Order In early March 1862 Jefferson Davis recalled Robert E. Lee from the South Carolina area to Richmond to serve as the president’s military adviser. At the time the Richmond Daily Dispatch hailed Davis’ decision – … Continue reading

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Apathetic Farmers

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 27, 1862: The crops. –The crops of the present year, as we were yesterday informed by an intelligent farmer of Henrico, are very backward both in that county and all adjacent ones, the planters … Continue reading

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White Runaways

I’m used to advertisements in the Richmond Daily Dispatch offering rewards for runaway slaves. 150 years ago today there were at least three advertisements for military deserters. Here’s an example from the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 26, 1862: Deserters. –The … Continue reading

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A Fire-Eater Sobered

The well-known fire-eater William Lowndes Yancey has returned from a year-long diplomatic mission to Europe. He failed to get either England or France to recognize the Confederacy. Yancey stopped at New Orleans on his way to Richmond to take his … Continue reading

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In Lieu of a Gym Membership

Do Newspaper Editors Lead Sedentary Lives, too? The soldier-power shortage is nothing new, but this sales ploy sure surprised me. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 23, 1862: The soldier’s life. –It is said that the frequenters of the gymnasium … Continue reading

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Whipping Post

From The New-York Times March 22, 1862: A SHORT SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT. A party of Massachusetts gentlemen met in Washington, at the rooms of Hon. Mr. TRAIN, on the 13th inst., to accompany him to the White House, and … Continue reading

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FernadinaLeaks

In early March a Union naval expedition under Samuel F. Du Pont captured and occupied the area around Fernadina, Florida. During the occupation a correspondent found an early 1861 letter from then U.S. Senator David Yulee to a friend back … Continue reading

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