Category Archives: Confederacy

May 18, 1865: Was the war a victory for democracy?

The New York Times comments on a letter to the London Times, in which the writer argues that “”Sir, the North has succeeded, but not because it is a democracy; the South has failed, but not because it is an … Continue reading

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May 2, 1865: Confederate gold recaptured

There’s been a lot of speculation in the past few days about Jefferson Davis carrying off a hoard of Confederate gold. The New York Times reports that at least some of the coins have been captured. WASHINGTON, Tuesday, May 2. … Continue reading

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March 10, 1865: Eliminating the 15-slave exemption

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that the Confederate congress has finally repealed the “15-slave exemption” which allowed one white male of draft age to be exempted from service for each 15 slaves owned. It was much resented by poor citizens … Continue reading

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March 7, 1865: Give us back our monarchy!

Henry Ward Beecher *************************************************************** The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch ridicules Henry Ward Beecher’s call for letting black men vote. The piece is almost a self-caricature in its racism, but the anti-democratic underpinning is far more interesting. “This thing … Continue reading

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March 2, 1865: The nation with the most slaves always wins

The Richmond Daily Dispatch informs us that, despite appearances, the south will certainly win, since the lesson of history is that having slaves is sure to bring victory. All history has shown that the nation with most slaves in ancient … Continue reading

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February 8, 1865: Free the slaves to win the war

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: AUGUSTA, Me., Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Maine Legislature to-day ratified the Constitutional Amendment abolishing slavery, and a salute of one hundred guns was fired in honor of the event. ST. LOUIS, MO., Tuesday, Feb. … Continue reading

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January 28, 1865: Winding up

The New York Times sees the end coming. The Winding-up Campaign. The campaign which has already been opened by Gen. SHERMAN, and in which the armies operating before Petersburgh and Wilmington, will soon take part, will be the winding-up campaign … Continue reading

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January 24, 1865: The 15-slave exemption

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that the Confederate House of Representatives has voted to repeal the exemption for one white overseer for every 15 slaves — a sore point with the “rich man’s war, poor man’s fight” crowd. But the … Continue reading

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January 23, 1865: South won’t really arm slaves

Ever wonder why it’s always the same picture of a “Black Confederate”? **************************************************************** The New York Times points out that, although the South is finally talking about arming slaves, they can’t seriously hope to have a significant number of them … Continue reading

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January 19, 1865: Southern discomfort

The New York Times runs a collection of items from Southern papers critical of Confederate leadership. There’s a very pointed critique of Jefferson Davis. As usual, the Charleston Mercury is appalled at the thought of arming slaves — the editor … Continue reading

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