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Virginia freedmen

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 30, 1865: The freedmen’s Bureau of Virginia. The reader will find in this morning’s paper the purport of the report of Colonel Brown, Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau for the State of Virginia, … Continue reading

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disruptive

150 years ago this week a Northern newspaper reprinted a report it found in a Petersburg, Virginia newspaper. A city that began the year under siege was trying to adjust to the huge change in the economic-social system caused by … Continue reading

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exhumation impracticable

Family and friends weren’t allowed to exhume the remains of soldiers in Virginia, especially if they had been dead less than a year. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1865: The Removal of Dead Soldiers from Virginia. Colonal … Continue reading

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A Virginian, (un)naturally

If the North wins the war, the credit/blame goes to General Winfield Scott, a native of Virginia and traitor to his state. The Union generals (and admirals) are tools carrying out General Scott’s war plans. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch … Continue reading

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justices of the peace off to war?

9-23-2014: I apologize for putting up misleading information in the following post. Please read Scott Mingus’ comment below. Thank you, Luke Martens Long-time Virginia politician William “Extra Billy” Smith served in the Confederate army until just after Gettysburg. He was … 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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Flanders … again?

150 years ago this week a Northern paper expressed surprise that General Grant would focus his attention on the worn-out Virginia theater. After all, the new Commander-in-Chief of all the Union armies was from out west, where most the momentum … Continue reading

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price ceilings sound great

experience shows they don’t work out In last week’s post about price controls and the money supply I focused on the money printing. However, the price control part of the Richmond editorial was apparently alluding to a “maximum bill” to … Continue reading

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“Be he miser or patriot”

Here’s an example of an individual state trying to deal with the Confederacy’s rapid increase in the money supply. The Virginia Legislature was working on a scheme that would allow the national government to slow the printing of money by … Continue reading

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Up to the army

Up in New York State plans were in the works to pass legislation and/or amend the state constitution to allow New York soldiers to vote in the 1864 elections. Virginia already allowed soldiers to vote in the field, and a … Continue reading

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