Category Archives: Southern Society

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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capital gratitude

150 years ago this week VMI cadets were in Richmond, where the were thanked for their valor in helping the Confederates win the Battle of New Market. Governor “Extra Billy” Smith also presented them with a new flag. From the … Continue reading

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printers to the front

150 years ago a Richmond paper couldn’t give its readers as much war news as it would have liked because its some of it employees were called to military duty. However, people could rest assured: General Lee telegraphed that the … Continue reading

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aiding and abedding

Desperation sure can lead to some creativity. Here a soldier and his friends used a “novel mode” to try to escape the military, but the Confederate authorities eventually got their man. The Richmond paper reminded their readers about the high … Continue reading

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farm administration

Bureaucracy: Interpret, Enforce, Modify In February 1864 the Confederate Congress passed a 35 page Law In Regard To Taxes, Currency and Conscription. The Bureau of Conscription apparently changed the rules for farm exemptions a month or so afterwards. Contiguous small … Continue reading

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martyr on the home front

For well over a year General P. G. T. Beauregard had been in command of the successful defense of Charleston and Fort Sumter from Union assault. 150 years ago today people in Richmond could read his impassioned letter in response … Continue reading

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angel arguments

150 years ago today the first Constitutional step was taken to amend the Constitution regarding slavery. The United States Senate passed a resolution to make the Constitution explicitly forbid slavery throughout the United States. The Thirteenth Amendment would eventually become … Continue reading

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just deserts

“Tell all my friends to come out of the woods” Regardless of how factual the following letter may have been, it would certainly seem to have had propaganda value as Confederate armies prepared for the upcoming spring campaigns. The Dispatch … Continue reading

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get out the calculators

As part of the Confederate Currency Reform Act of 1864 began new money began to circulate 150 years ago this month. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch April 2, 1864: The New issue. –The new Treasury notes will be ready for … Continue reading

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