Category Archives: Southern Society

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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butter price

There’s been a lot of killing and maiming and suffering the last six weeks in the various seats of war … and the price of butter is still too high at the Richmond market. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch June … Continue reading

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“the suppressic veri and the suggestio falsi”

going to hurt me more than you? From the June 11, 1864 edition of Harper’s Weekly at Son of the South: Also 150 years ago this week, a Richmond paper noticed that Union Secretary of War Stanton’s telegrams to General … Continue reading

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brothers’ war?

Some Southerners didn’t take kindly to famous native Marylanders who were unabashedly pro-Union. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch June 3, 1864: Edwin Boot[h] at the North. –This young actor, a native of the State of Maryland, and whose engagements in … Continue reading

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insurrection bad

Nothing new here. For the South to win its war for independence, the South has to guard against negro insurrections. In fact, slaveown shouldn’t even let their slaves go at large. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch June 2, 1864: Charged … Continue reading

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