Category Archives: Virginia

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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December 29, 1862: Electing a scalawag in Norfolk

Caricature of Lincoln and his cabinet ************************************************************ This short item from Richmond Daily Dispatch manages to work in a smorgasbord of slurs against the Yankees. The election put a man in the “Lincoln Congress”, under the north’s dictator; the new … Continue reading

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December 19, 1862: West Virginia statehood

My Great-grandfather, Sampson Greenbrier Sites, who was 19 when he became a West Virginian. The Richmond Daily Dispatch treats the celebration of West Virginia’s statehood a bit sourly. Rejoicing over the “New State of Western Virginia.” The Abolitionists in Wheeling, … Continue reading

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December 4, 1862: Watching out for transvestites in Virginia

Cross-dressing could land you in jail in the old South, as we’ve seen before. This time it’s a false alarm — they sent a detective to check out someone who just turned out to be a man who seemed effeminate. … Continue reading

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October 20, 1862: Battlefield photography

Dead Confederates at Antietam, photo by Alexander Gardner (Brady studio) The editor of the New York Times reflects on way that battlefield photos make the horrors of war more real to the civilians at home. BRADY’S PHOTOGRAPHS.; Pictures of the … Continue reading

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September 26, 1862: The Yankee war on salt

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports a Union attack destroyed a Florida salt works. Necessary for preserving meats, salt was one of many crucial items denied the South by the blockade. Destruction of Salt Works. –The Yankees have broken up the … Continue reading

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September 18, 1862: Rabbis should be exempt from the draft

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes that the Confederate conscription act exempted Christian ministers, but the wording would have excluded rabbis — they argue that this should be remedied. Oh, and while we’re at it, newspaper editors should be exempt too. … Continue reading

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September 10, 1862: Where’s Bragg (redux)?

Braxton Bragg As we saw earlier, Lincoln was quite concerned about the possibility that Bragg might have crossed the Cumberlands and be reinforcing Confederate forces in Virginia. After sending out a flurry of telegrams, he started getting some responses. Firstly, … Continue reading

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