Category Archives: Virginia

March 18, 1865: Recruiting black Confederates

The Richmond Daily Dispatch publishes a call for black “volunteers” to fight for the Confederacy. The message is addressed to “the People of Virginia,” but it is clearly intended for the white people of Virginia, as it calls on those … Continue reading

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September 10, 1864: Death of Morgan

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports today on the death of general John Hunt Morgan, who apparently was betrayed by a Virginia woman. The Dispatch reviles her, of course, for treachery and “violation of all the soft and gentle prompting of … Continue reading

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March 8, 1864: Black troops, and slaves deserting to the north

A couple of items today in the Richmond Daily Dispatch shed light on northern and southern attitudes toward African-Americans. First, we see that four black Union soldiers have been captured, and “very properly” are housed in cells with their white … Continue reading

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February 27, 1864: More Southern women

A couple of items today in different papers on the spirit of Southern women. The first I couldn’t resist because it shows that bad puns have a really long history in the New Orleans Picayune (now Times-Picayune). In the second … Continue reading

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February 16, 1864: Starvation parties, and southern resolve

Richmond sees gaiety despite the lack of luxuries. According to one observer, southerners are in good spirits, and expect their fortunes soon to turn. CHARLESTON MERCURY, February 16, 1864, p. 1, c. 5 The “Starvation Parties” in Richmond as Seen … Continue reading

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December 25, 1863: Christmas under the blockade

The Richmond Daily Dispatch finds a bright side to a Christmas celebration in circumstances straitened by the lack of Northern goods and imported libations. How the black inhabitants celebrated is left to the imagination. Christmas day, in this city, was … Continue reading

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October 22, 1863: That traitor Thomas

An item in the Richmond Daily Dispatch reports on Gen. Thomas, a “traitor” to his state. They don’t yet know that he’s in command of what was Rosecrans’ army. Major-Gen. Geo. H. Thomas. –It has been already stated that this … Continue reading

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July 10, 1863: The Southern Church Justified in its support of the South in the present War.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch lauds John Randolph Tucker, a Virginia lawyer and politician who argued that the southern churches and (white) southern people were right to favor slavery and secession. “The Southern Church Justified in its support of the South … Continue reading

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July 7, 1863: Fourth of July this year and last

From the New York Times, a celebration of the victory at Gettysburg and anticipation of good news from Vicksburg. THE FOURTH OF JULY 1863 AND 1862. The difference between the Fourth of July which has just passed and the one … Continue reading

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March 24, 1863: Runaway

Meanwhile, in Virginia, the Richmond Daily Dispatch runs ads for runaways every day. Somehow the misguided blacks imagine they’ll be better off free than enslaved. Five Hundred Dollars Reward. –I will pay $500 reward for the apprehension and delivery to … Continue reading

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