Category Archives: Confederate States of America

“their sudden emancipation”

It’s going on six months since federal troops won the Battle of Fort Blakely on April 9, 1865 and a few days later occupied Mobile, Alabama. It is written that “The siege and capture of Fort Blakely was basically the … Continue reading

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this is the end …

From The New-York Times June 22, 1865: THE SUICIDE OF RUFFIN.; The Man who Fired the First Gun on Fort Sumter Blows His Brains Out He Prefers Death to Living Under the Government of the United States. Correspondence of the … Continue reading

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it’s a wrap?

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just another rebel?

If it turned out that Jefferson Davis was not implicated in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, why should he be punished any more severely than all the other rebels who fought the United States for over four long years? From … Continue reading

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Richmond rubble

According to the Library of Congress photographer Andrew J. Russell spent some time at the corner of Carey and Governor streets 150 years ago this month.

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mutual respect society

An editorial wasn’t too happy that William T. Sherman kept reporters away from General Johnston’s April 26, 1865 surrender; apparently General Sherman thought the Confederate officers would be embarrassed giving up in front of the gawking Yankee press. America would … Continue reading

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germ warfare?

From The New-York Times May 7, 1865: THE YELLOW FEVER PLOT.; Judicial Investigation at St. George’s–The Evidence Against Blackburn Conclusive. HALIFAX, N.S., Saturday, May 6. The Bermuda papers contain long accounts of the judicial investigation, now being held at St. … Continue reading

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Ballistic in Buffalo

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1865: When J. Wilkes Booth played in Buffalo three years ago, he broke a plate glass window in the store of O.E. Sibley, where a lot of rebel trophies were exhibited. He … Continue reading

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“the worst blow the confederacy has yet had”

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1865: WASHINGTON, April 15 – 11 A.M. At 20 minutes past 7 o’clock the President breathed his last, closing his eyes as if falling asleep, and his countenance assuming an expression of … Continue reading

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“Our army is ruined, I fear”

From The New-York Times April 7, 1865: THE REBEL ROUT.; Lee’s Retreat Cut off by Sheridan. BURKESVILLE IN OUR POSSESSION Lee’s Army at Amelia Court House, East of Burkesville. A Junction Between Lee’s Forces and Johnston’s Now Impossible. Sheridan Hopes … Continue reading

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