Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 31, 1864: Douglass fair in New Orleans

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that New Orleanians are honoring Frederick Douglass for his abolition work. The one-paragraph item contains 7 sets of scare quotes, so the reader will understand that the Dispatch would never refer to Douglass as “illustrious” … Continue reading

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March 30, 1864: More Miscegenation fever

The Richmond Daily Dispatch may have some doubts about the endorsements, but it’s been taken in completely by the Miscegenation hoax. It’s the equivalent of one of those irate, widely circulated emails that Snopes would be debunking today. The Miscegenation … Continue reading

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March 29, 1864: The decline of the Confederacy

Harper’s Weekly in March 1864 published this map, showing the extent of territory held by the Confederacy in 1861 and 1864. While the war had dragged on much longer than anyone expected, the Union was clearly making progress. THE REBELLION … Continue reading

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March 28, 1864: The Final Solution to the Indian problem

Gen. Pope, banished to the Northwest to deal with hostile native Americans, pleads forgiveness for his delay in sending requested troops to the Army of the Potomac. He needs them to put down an expected Sioux uprising, and he uses … Continue reading

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March 27, 1864: Banks’ black troops

Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, Alexandria, March 27, 1864 ADJUTANT-GENERAL OF THE ARMY, Washington, D. C.: SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 7th instant, relating to the organization of the … Continue reading

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March 26, 1864: Miscegenation Mania

In December, 1863, two Democratic reporters wrote a lengthy pamphlet titled “Miscegenation: the theory of the blending of the races, applied to the American White Man and Negro.” The pamphlet was published anonymously, purporting to be by an abolitionist who … Continue reading

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March 25, 1864: Forrest’s raid on Paducah

The New York Times Kentucky correspondent reports that Forrest attacked Paducah, Kentucky on March 25 and was repulsed, thanks largely to Union gunboats and the US Colored Troops defending the fort. Last Friday night information reached us that FORREST had … Continue reading

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March 24, 1864: Smith takes Fort De Russey

The New York Times reports on a success in the Red River campaign. CINCINNATI, Thursday, March 24. A dispatch from Cairo says: “We have good news from the Red River expedition, which comes from undoubted authority. Gen. A.J. SMITH landed … Continue reading

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March 23, 1864: McClellan for president.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports without comment, but undoubtedly with some glee, on a rally nominating George McClellan for president in the upcoming election. McClellan meeting in New York. –A monster mass meeting was held in New York city on … Continue reading

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March 22, 1864: Popularity of the war

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces with some satisfaction an article from the New York Daily News in opposition to the continuation of the war. A Voice from the North. “Popularity of the War”–a Seething Article from the New York Daily … Continue reading

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