Category Archives: Virginia

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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September 8, 1862: Seriously, where is Bragg?

As we saw yesterday, Lincoln telegraphed Boyle wanting to know where Bragg was. Boyle doesn’t know. So next Lincoln telegraphs Buell. They’re worried on the other side of the Appalachians that Bragg might show up in Virginia. Official Record: HEADQUARTERS, … Continue reading

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August 11, 1862: All quiet in Hardy County, (West) Virginia

Samson Greenbrier Sites The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports in a brief item the status of Hardy County — they refer to it as a county in Virginia, but by now the Union would say it was in West Virginia, where … Continue reading

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July 24, 1862: This “species of property” still in demand

The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes with approval that, despite their tendency to run away when Yankee troops are around, there’s still a good market for slaves. Negroes. –Despite the fugacious proclivities of made members of the negro fraternity, they are … Continue reading

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June 27, 1862: The Richmond Daily Dispatch is shocked. Shocked!

Slave Pen, Alexandria VA The Richmond Daily Dispatch accuses the Yankees of hypocrisy, claiming that escaped slaves are being sold by the Union. It’s a serious accusation; few crimes are worse than selling another human being. Meanwhile, toward the back … Continue reading

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June 20, 1862: Substitute Swindle

The Richmond Daily Dispatch ran this editorial decrying the trade in fraudulent draft “substitutes”, who would take a fee, enlist in some Virginian’s stead, and then desert to sell their services again. While the editorialist recommends that every man offering … Continue reading

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