Category Archives: Southern Society

prison ministry

Shortly after President Jefferson Davis appointed him as envoy to the papacy, Patrick Lynch , the Bishop of Charleston, S.C. was reported preaching to a captive audience in the Confederate capital. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch February 26, 1864: Interesting … Continue reading

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groggy

Richmond’s grogshops were under attack as the reason for much of the city’s “vast increase of crime and demoralization”. The war put a crimp in the supply of real coffee, and many caffeine-free substitutes had been suggested. To top it … Continue reading

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unending Lent

As scarcity increased in the South, the Richmond Daily Dispatch continually shared ideas for substitute products and ways to stretch the food that was available. 150 years ago today it published a bit of persevering humor: the fastings and sacrifices … Continue reading

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state of the confederacy

We’re used to the U.S. president presenting a state of the union address in January each year. 150 years ago this week the first Congress of the Confederate States completed its term. The day before the final adjournment the legislators … Continue reading

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stung on the ‘underground railroad’

A Richmond embalmer was charged with helping to conduct Confederate deserters north with his coffin wagon. He was caught as part of a sting operation conducted by the police. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch February 13, 1864: Local Matters. Bribery … Continue reading

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Streight away

150 years ago this morning jailers at Richmond’s Libby Prison found out they had lost something – 109 Union officer prisoners who escaped during the night through a tunnel they had dug. Although Colonel Thomas E. Rose was the leader … Continue reading

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“rotten eggs were in demand”

According to this account, Confederate patriots broke up a peace meeting 150 years ago this month in Greensboro, North Carolina. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch February 6, 1864: A Peace meeting in North Carolina. –The New York papers, which copy … Continue reading

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recourse to Captain Smith

150 years ago an editorial in the Confederacy argued that the new nation would be better off if its economy were more self-sufficient, more like the Yankee economy, in fact. It is interesting that the piece harkened back to Jamestown’s … Continue reading

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“speaking trumpet” to be muted?

As a major bill was winding its way through the Confederate Congress, a Richmond newspaper found one proposed change to draft exemptions particularly troubling. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch February 1, 1864: Congress and the Press. The Confederate Congress, unless … Continue reading

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the wolf/sheep party

If this war ever ends, I’m going to miss the rhetoric in the Richmond Dispatch. I’m certain … I’m pretty sure sometime in the last three years I’ve read an editorial that maintained Northern Democrats were bigger threats to the … Continue reading

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