Tag Archives: Impressment

diggin’ for the CSA

This notice has been running in the Dispatch most of the month. The Confederate Niter and Mining Bureau was tasked with supplying necessary minerals and metals to the South’s military. As white men continued to get killed and wounded and … Continue reading

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that European diet

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 10, 1863: Eat Press [Less] meat. –The great scarcity of meats of all kinds in this Confederacy renders it absolutely necessary that all classes should be exceedingly economical in its use, in order to … Continue reading

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blame boy bureaucrats

According to a Richmond newspaper, “There is no wheat in market” because of the government’s “starvation plan of impressment”, or at least the way it was being implemented by “Beardless and senseless boys”. But who else was there? From the … Continue reading

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TIK toc

150 years ago this week the Confederate government revived an old idea in order to obtain new supplies for its armies in the field. On May 24, 1863 To combat spiraling inflation, the Confederate Congress levies a 10 percent “tax … Continue reading

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Abundant Virginia

Scarcity in the army only due to transportation issues and poorly executed impressments Two days after the Richmond Bread Riot(squelched by the press to conform to the Secretary of Defense’s wishes) a Richmond paper reproduced an editorial squelching the rumor … Continue reading

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Flour Power

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 5, 1863: Flour impressment. Major Tannahill, the Commissary of Post at Petersburg, received on Tuesday last an order to impress all the extra superfine flour in the possession of millers and merchants in that … Continue reading

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Unimpressed

A southern editorial by way of Gotham criticized the Confederate government’s impressment policy for being imposed without legislative approval and for unfairly burdening property owners near the armies or near good transportation avenues. The problem might have been caused by … Continue reading

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Your Horse Is Our Horse

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch April 22, 1862: Impressment of horses. –The people of Lynchburg are groaning over the fact that the agents of the Government have been twice in that region impressing and buying up all the serviceable horses … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Painters Impressed

Into South Carolina’s Army Folks, there is so much going on (150 years ago) – I’m glad the “Daily News” sites are teaching us so much about the events in January 1861. From The New-York Times January 12, 1861: EXPERIENCES … Continue reading

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