Category Archives: Southern Society

odds-making

150 years ago today black men voted for the first time in Tennessee. Ex-Confederates were still prohibited from voting. Republican Governor William G. Brownlow (Parson Brownlow) was re-elected by a large majority. From The New-York Times August 2, 1867: THE … Continue reading

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battle in Franklin

Another riot in the South. This one occurred 150 years ago this week in Franklin, Tennessee at something like a political rally ahead of state-wide elections on August 1st. This would be the first Tennessee election in which black men … Continue reading

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family reunion

This is the Showing forth of the Inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassos, to the end that neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works great and marvellous, which have been produced some by … Continue reading

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father’s day

In December 1811 Jacob Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina jumped into Hunter’s Mill Pond to rescue three men whose boat had capsized. He successfully saved all three, but in January 1812 Jacob Johnson died, possibly as a result of jumping … Continue reading

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Gone Hollywood

150 years ago today thousands of Richmond residents converged on Hollywood cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate war dead. Although a riot broke out in Richmond on May 11th, the Times’ HENRICO correspondent emphasized that the city was peaceful … Continue reading

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big milk parlor shut down

But what should take its place? Riots broke out in Richmond, Virginia on May 11, 1867. Two days later ex-Confederate President Jefferson was released on bail in the same city. According to the following report, two of the men who … Continue reading

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Mobile targets

150 years ago earlier this week a riot broke out in Mobile, Alabama. From The New-York Times May 15, 1867: RIOT IN MOBILE. Attack by Secessionists upon Judge Kelley – Several Men Shot. MOBILE, Tuesday, May 14. A large number … Continue reading

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riled in Richmond

From The New-York Times May 13, 1867: More Trouble with the Negroes in Richmond – Arrest of a Speaker at a Freedmen’s Meeting. RICHMOND, Sunday, May 12. Another riot occurred in the lower portion of the city last night. The … Continue reading

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southern radical Republicans

Mobilized in Mobile From The New-York Times May 4, 1867: Colored Convention in Mobile. MOBILE, Ala., Friday, May 3. A colored mass convention of the State has been in session here for two days, and adjourned to day. The delegates … Continue reading

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Sickles’ salient

After the war General Daniel Sickles commanded the army in South Carolina area. On March 11, 1867 he was appointed commander of the second military district (North and South Carolina) under Congress’s Reconstruction Acts. 150 years ago today he halted … Continue reading

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