Category Archives: Southern Society

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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conscientious objector?

Life could be dangerous for an enrolling officer, even if he was armed and had guards. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 11, 1864: Local matters. Attempt to murder an enrolling officer. –On Thursday last an attempt was made to … Continue reading

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justices for the poor

Apparently county judges in Virginia had the power to impose taxes. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 8, 1864: Taking care of their poor. –A levy of one per cent on all property, real and personal, (the same amount as … Continue reading

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“the solitary blunder”

A Southern take on the North’s coming celebration of July 4th and the Declaration of Independence: the United States was abrogating all the principles of the Declaration except for its one mistake – the idea that “all men are created … Continue reading

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YMCA appeal

Not enough work and/or supplies for all the refugees On June 25th the Richmond Dispatch editors alluded to the city’s increased population. The following appeal is more evidence of overcrowding. Since there were destitute refugees from all over the Confederacy … Continue reading

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fresh air fun

As the summer got hotter, Richmond’s population was getting bigger, and there were fewer recreational opportunities. What to do? Take a train ride to The Center of the Universe. Failing that, folks could head to the outskirts of town to … Continue reading

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