Category Archives: Southern Society

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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peace pipe dreams

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 28, 1864: The interview of the “peace Commissioners.” The Washington Chronicle, noticing the failure of the late “peace negotiations,” says: After considerable correspondence between the parties, it was concluded to refer the whole matter … Continue reading

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foolish federalism

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 21, 1864: An inevitable fate. One of the favorite bugbears kept by the United States press before the people, to stimulate their energies in support of the invasion, is the dread of future internal … Continue reading

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disloyalty?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 12, 1864: Local matters. … Application for a discharge from military service. –Through his counsel, Hon. James Lyons and Gen. Geo. W. Randolph, R. D’Orsey Ogden, manager of the Richmond Theatre, made an application … Continue reading

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