Category Archives: Southern Society

Virginia freedmen

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 30, 1865: The freedmen’s Bureau of Virginia. The reader will find in this morning’s paper the purport of the report of Colonel Brown, Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau for the State of Virginia, … Continue reading

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tidings: dreadful … and glad?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 25, 1865: Christmas. It would seem a remorseless piece of irony to extend to our people the usual greeting of “A Merry Christmas.” In the midst of a land desolated by the iron foot-prints … Continue reading

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a saint for the impecunious

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 23, 1865: The great problem of Christmas, with all who are not afflicted by the general malady of chronic impecuniousness, is what to buy for a Christmas present. The patron saint, Kriss Kringle, St. … Continue reading

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General Grant reports

150 years ago this week reports by President Johnson and General Grant on the condition of the South were published. From The New-York Times December 20, 1865: THE THIRTY-NINTH CONGRESS; Important Message from the President on Reconstruction. He Favors the … Continue reading

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another man without a country?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 22, 1865: The last Confederate prisoner. –The last Confederate prisoner of war has been released, on condition that he would leave the country. The Baton Rouge Gazette of the 5th says: A letter received … Continue reading

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’cause the framers punted

After an eight month hiatus, the Richmond Daily Dispatch resumed publication 150 years ago today (albeit with no runaway slave classifieds): Saturday…december 9, 1865. The past and the present. The Richmond Dispatch, which met a temporary suspension of its existence … Continue reading

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perpetual union still possible

In early December 1865 the 39th Congress convened and President Andrew Johnson sent the legislators his first annual message. A newspaper in Gotham was well-satisfied with the President’s report. From The New-York Times December 6, 1865: The President’s Message. Probably … Continue reading

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negotiating reconstruction?

It was reported that the Mississippi legislature would give freedmen the right to testify in court if President Johnson withdrew federal (mostly colored?) troops From The New-York Times November 23, 1865: FROM MISSISSIPPI.; Negroes Allowed to Testify for their Own … Continue reading

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“compelled to inflict on them”

This commission is worthy of support, for it will relieve their necessities, and assuage the distress which we, in the course of this war, have been compelled to inflict on them. The American Union Commission held a big fundraiser at … Continue reading

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suffering Selma

The American Union Commission held a big fundraising event in New York City 150 years ago tonight. Many famous men attended or sent in their regrets. Provisional Alabama Governor Lewis E. Parsons gave a first-hand report from the field. Alabama’s … Continue reading

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