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family reunion

This is the Showing forth of the Inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassos, to the end that neither the deeds of men may be forgotten by lapse of time, nor the works great and marvellous, which have been produced some by … Continue reading

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deposed by the feds

In mid-March 1867 General Philip Sheridan was appointed to command one of the five military districts that Congress created in the South. His Fifth District was made up of Texas and Louisiana. By the end of the month he had … Continue reading

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“wholesale slaughter”

On July 30, 1866 a riot broke out in New Orleans. Louisiana Governor James Madison Wells had called for a convention to “enfranchise blacks, prohibit ‘rebels’ from voting, and establish a new state government.” Opponents, including members of the city … 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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ladies’ night

I’m pretty sure the Dispatch editors found the following document historical for the racial component. My added take: it’d be a lot better party by making sure the women got there; therefore, the 50% price reduction? From the Richmond Daily … Continue reading

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Emancipation: the Rebels Did It

150 years ago today a Richmond newspaper printed a document issued by Nathaniel Banks, commander of the Department of the Gulf, explaining the effect of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on the people of Louisiana. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch January … Continue reading

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Be careful what you pray for

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch June 12, 1862: How the people are to pray. Usurping the prerogative of the Almighty, as will be seen by the following order, our enemies have undertaken to prescribe the from and the substantiae of … Continue reading

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Big Bad Bronze John

The “intolerant” Yankees are occupying New Orleans just in time for Yellow Fever season; what’s more they are putting a hospital right in a heavily populated section of the city. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch May 14, 1862: Advance of … Continue reading

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Bombastes Furioso Butler

The gradual, persistent constriction of Anaconda: the Yankees and General Butler have control of New Orleans 150 years ago now. The Dispatch calls names. How can that “oleaginous carcass” be running the South’s largest city? From the Richmond Daily Dispatch … Continue reading

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Baton Rouge Surrenders to Iroquois

With Ben Butler in charge at New Orleans the Union fleet moved up the Mississippi. 150 years ago today Baton Rouge, the Louisiana state capital, surrendered to James Shedden Palmer, commanding the USS Iroquois: After the great victory [New Orleans] … Continue reading

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