Category Archives: Southern Society

spy drowned

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch October 4, 1864: Drowned. –Mrs. Rose Greenhow, well known in the Confederacy for her sufferings in its cause, –having been for months confined in the political prison at Washington,–was drowned on Saturday last near Wilmington, … Continue reading

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genius vs. scum

Some more Monday morning defiant optimism from the editors at the Richmond Daily Dispatch on September 26, 1864: Monday morning…September 26, 1864. That we are approaching a very critical period of our existence as a people in certain. Within one … Continue reading

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calling on negroes, the disabled

… and legislators? “X” from Petersburg is concerned about getting more men into the Confederacy’s armies to try to at least partially offset additions to Northern forces. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch September 12, 1864: From General Lee’s Army. (From … Continue reading

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lost and found

In the summer of 1863 prisoner exchanges between North and South were stopped, for the most part, because the South would not exchange captured black soldiers. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch August 27, 1864: Captured negroes. –Among the captures from … Continue reading

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honoring General Forrest

For what it’s worth, Nathan Bedford Forrest seems to have been defending himself against charges that he ordered/condoned a massacre of blacks at Fort Pillow. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch August 20, 1864: General Forrest and the Negroes. –It is … Continue reading

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thanks for the work

On July 18, 1864 Confederate Treasury Secretary Christopher Memminger resigned and headed back home to South Carolina. 150 years ago this month some Virginia women presented him with a cane to thank him for the jobs he provided at the … Continue reading

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a whittlin’ in the sun

A Richmond newspaper reprinted the following report, in which a British war correspondent doubts that General Grant and the Union forces were going to defeat the South, with its armies motivated by hatred for the enemy and love of states’ … Continue reading

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accidental explosion … Manchester

An explosion at a Virginia foundry on August 6, 1864 maimed and killed eight people – slaves working at the foundry and three white boys who had been warned about the danger. Some shells picked up from battlefields to be … Continue reading

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egg-shell election

In July 1864 a Democrat-leaning newspaper in New York State asserted: There is no doubt but that the South is anxious for peace, – they proclaim it and declare themselves willing at all times to enter into negotiations, looking to … Continue reading

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big demand

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 30, 1864: A Valuable work. –We acknowledge the receipt from Messrs. Evans & Cogswell, publishers, of Columbia, S. C., of an exceedingly well executed copy of a work entitled “A Manual of Military Surgery, … Continue reading

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