Category Archives: Southern Society

more or less on Sherman

A pretty subdued Monday morning editorial from Richmond. The paper isn’t sure where Union General Sherman and his army are headed in Georgia, but the editors “should not be surprised if they met some resistance in this march.” From the … Continue reading

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laughing gassed?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 26, 1864: A “convention of the dentists of the Confederacy” is called, to meet at Augusta, Georgia, on the 28th instant–to pull Sherman’s teeth, probably. You can keep up with the progress of the … Continue reading

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“insurrectionists cried out for mercy”

A Richmond newspaper admired the effectiveness and restraint of the Confederate garrison that thwarted an attempted mass escape by Union prisoners at Salisbury, North Carolina. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1864: Attempt of the Union Prisoners … Continue reading

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between God and the people

150 years ago today The New-York Times wasn’t sure where Sherman’s army was headed, but it knew he was sweeping and destroying. It published a table of distances for possible destinations and reprinted an article from the November 18th Cincinnati … Continue reading

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“oblations to themselves”

Unsurprisingly, a Richmond paper was thankful the South wasn’t like Yankeedom. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 10, 1864: Thursday morning….November 10, 1864. Lincoln’s thanksgiving day. We observe that Lincoln, with commendable gratitude, has issued his proclamation for a day … Continue reading

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big purses

Despite the manpower shortage, rotten weather, and the annoying “Yankee invasion”, 150 years ago this week residents of Richmond could look forward to horse races at a local track. Apparently jockeys were exempt from the Confederate draft. From the Richmond … Continue reading

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self-defense

About three weeks before the U.S. presidential election the October 22, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly (at Son of the South) took a swipe at the peace-loving Democrats: War, cold steel … don’t forget plundering the civilian population, as the … Continue reading

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bombs bursting in air

Oh, to be iron-clad from head to foot. … but we drone on. The Yankees are still shelling Charleston. In this correspondence concerning the night of September 30th, some civilians were wounded, and, while the writer was amused by the … Continue reading

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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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